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First of all, a GNU/Linux distribution consists of many software packages, some of which are licensed under GNU GPL, but there are other licenses involved as well. For example, Perl is covered under the Artistic License or GPL — your choice, and Apache is covered by the Apache license. That said, the GPL is one of the strongest copyleft licenses that ...


The Minix 3 license looks very similar to a standard BSD style license which is more permissive than the GPL, for example it will allow commercial use of the software in binary form without forcing a release of the source code. It is considered free software (like any of the BSD software), but is not compatible with the GPL mainly due to the "advertising ...

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