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Free software is software that can be used, studied, and modified without restriction, and which can be copied and redistributed with few restrictions.

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Is there a GUI to handle LVM and software RAID operations?

Are there any free graphical tools to manage advanced Linux storage schemes such as software RAID and LVM arrays in a similar fashion to how GParted handles partitions? Unfortunately, it seems most ...
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An alternative to CADe SIMU

CADe SIMU is a industrial circuit drawning and simulation software. I have troubles with the icons size and some bugs, so I am looking for an alternative to CADe SIMU. I found good softwares to draw ...
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Is there a Linux phone with automatic answering software?

Is there a Linux phone with automatic answering software? Alternatively, is there any answering software that can be used with Linux phones? The Linux phone ought to have 3g and 4g VoLTE ability.
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Video player with bookmarks

Does there exist a video player for Linux that has bookmarks? That is, I would like to watch a video, close the player and then go back watching from the same moment when I reopen the file, or from ...
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Why no open source drivers for iwlwifi

It seems that the only proprietary file I have to install on Debian to get my laptop working for day to day use is the firmware-iwlwifi package. Why is it that after all these years, the LAN card ...
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Can I use software from RPM Fusion installed on my laptop for free with no cost and without any risks of lawsuits or other penalties?

Can I use software from rpmfusion installed on my laptop (Fedora installed on it) for free with no cost and without any risks of lawsuits or other penalties? I tried to read FAQ on RPMFusion.org, but ...
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Text Editor/Tools for side by side content in the document

I have found 2 questions on stackoverflow sites that are similar but do not answer the question clearly. https://writing.stackexchange.com/questions/4652/any-good-side-by-side-editor-for-script-...
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Terminal commands show there is no non-free software on the system

vrms [1] returns "No non-free or contrib packages installed on Hostname! rms would be proud." and dpkg-query -W -f='${Section}\t${Package}\n' | grep ^non-free [2] returns nothing on the ...
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Lightweight GitLab alternative for small company

I'm looking for GitLab replacement, which does not require 4GB RAM and is easier to move/upgrade/migrate, does not have dependency hell and creates less than 50 processes on server. There are 3, ...
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Why does Linux use non-free codecs and why are codecs needed at all? [closed]

Say a song is recorded somewhere on the planet with a computer, and that stream of data is stored. If this is stored using Audacity, you can set it to .aup format, which is a very simple XML file. Why ...
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How to copy paste a created text(annotation) by "typewriter" menu tool?

If I write an annotation by "typewriter" tool, how can I just duplicate it, copy pasting? I can't believe it is not doable....
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Removing Chromium from Debian bullseye

I use apt dist-upgrade and got the following message: The following packages will be REMOVED: chromium The following packages have been kept back: phonon-backend-gstreamer-common sshfs The ...
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Is there a free PDF editor that can handle XFA forms?

I want to add an electronic signature to a PDF file which includes several XFA forms (probably because it was created with Adobe software on Windows), but every script/piece of software I try removes ...
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Is there any up-to-date scheduling/timetabling software available from Debian repos or in deb format?

I am interested if there is any up-to-date scheduling/timetabling software for personal use (work/daily routine scheduling) available in sid or bullseye Debian repos or just in deb package format.
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Is there any ipmitool similar software for Windows? [closed]

We know many about Linux software ipmitool, but I do not know if there is a similar ipmi management tool for Windows. Anybody can recommend one for me?
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Finding dns-sd package for FreeBSD and Linux?

IETF RFC 6763 section 7.1 (p.21) refers to a CLI program called "dns-sd", which can be used to probe and report zero-config services, records and environments. A number of other web pages ...
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Is there a software center for Raspbian?

Is there a software center for Raspbian? Ive tries downloading the Pi Store, but it didn't work.
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Fortran 90 with a front-end

I am looking forward to re-run a fortran program I made years ago on Intel Fortran for Windows XP, with external subroutines and modules. I changed recently to Linux. Is there any free Fortran 90 ...
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Proprietary drivers in debian

Why do I need to install network card driver (Intel wireless adapters, iwlwifi-8265 is shown as missing firmware by debian-installer) during Debian installation while in case of Ubuntu everything ...
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How to delete all non-free or contrib packages?

After completely changing my sources.list, I'd like to only have packages which I can update, obviously. Does apt do this automatically? How can I find out? How can I delete all packages at once ...
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Running linux mint with only free software?

Is it possible to strip down linux mint to only use free software and replace the proprietary software with free software and would doing this even make sense?
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Which AMD/ATI cards don't require non-free firmware when using radeon?

Which AMD/ATI video cards don't require non-free firmware when using the radeon driver? nouveau has a convenient matrix showing which cards are supported without having to use non-free firmware (card ...
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Is nouveau completely free of non-free code?

Is nouveau completely free of non-free code, including dependency on non-free firmware? This article makes it seem like nouveau depends on closed source firmware, but if I understand correctly, only ...
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Are the gstreamer packages completely open source?

I'm on Fedora 26 and I'd like to be able to play certain video formats which I can only play by installing packages from a non-free repository. However, I do not want to install any packages that ...
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Is there any working game server manager for Linux?

I'm running a machine on Ubuntu Server 17.04 and hosting various servers for various games (Source, Minecraft, etc). Is there any free game server manager that I can access from another machine (...
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Does installing non-free software from Debian non-free repositories constitute piracy?

I have installed some hardware drivers from the contrib non-free repositories in order to get my device working properly, e.g. Realtek WLAN adapter, NVIDIA graphics driver etc. Also I have installed ...
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Which Linux Distro came with all Daily Softwares [closed]

I'm new to Linux world and still learning on How to Build personal Linux Distro. And before I can create one, I would like to get as many computers that I can have and install Linux on it. But I need ...
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Make Portage install non-free software after confirmation

So, in my make.conf I have ACCEPT_LICENSE="@FREE" variable set up, but I still want to use some proprietary software. Best case scenario would be Portage warning that the software I'm going to install ...
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Any way to get my ethernet to work without installing a non-free driver?

I'm trying to purge myself of all non-free software (using debian jessie) and the last thing remaining is firmware-realtek. Because you know, I want my ethernet to work. Is there any way I can get ...
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How to make FreeCAD utilize multiple cores?

I am currently on a modified version of Debian-standard, jessie, using xfce and LightDM with some AMD drivers for the GPU. But my issues are that I am using an 8 core AMD FX 8320, all cores are being ...
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Is there a file search engine with a webserver?

I connected a huge USB HD to my linux server. I installed samba and the files can now be accessed over network. I can search for files over network but the samba search is slow. Do you know of any ...
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Legal status of an embedded Linux case

I wanted to find the source code of embedded Linux that is used in Shenzhen Apexis Electronic Co.,Ltd products. For example in this page: http://apexis.com.cn/productsdetails_244.html You see they ...
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Is Linux Mint Debian Edition free software?

I was reading the list of Free GNU/Linux distro's on http://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html and found Debian to be "optionally free" (http://www.gnu.org/distros/common-distros.html). To me, that ...
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What is the right definition of FOSS? [closed]

I know that FOSS is the acronym for Free "and" Open Source Software. Or does it mean Free "or" Open Source Software? For example: to be considered FOSS, a program's license must be included in both ...
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Can somebody list the earliest public source-code repositories and when they opened? [closed]

Nowadays people only know github, some people know gitlab, some people know bitbucket (mercurial) but other than that people seem to have forgotten there were others as well. I know about freshmeat ...
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linux tool to create multiboot dvd?

I am searching for a linux tool to create a multiboot dvd. I found something about Sardu or Xboot, but these are Windows tools. Is there Linux software that can do the same? I have found unetbootin ...
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Free OS (no proprietary software or drivers) with current software? [closed]

I heard gnewsense has no proprietary software or drivers so I thought I should give it a try. I was disappointed to see openoffice instead of libreoffice, an old version of nginx, clang, etc and ...
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DVR software for Linux

I think the DVR/CCTV follow some convention, but most of them use activeX for online access. I'm curious if some documentation/specification exist so I could make my own client (Linux), standalone (C, ...
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Is there logitech gaming mouse programming software for any Linux Distro?

I happened upon an unopened Logitech G502 programmable gaming mouse. I would like to program buttons to do things like write commonly used lines in programs (which I know is possible in Windows; my ...
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Linux Alternatives to Windows Spiceworks?

I really like Spiceworks for managing our network at work; but there's a problem with it; it runs on Windows, and I don't want to have to buy a copy of Windows just so I can manage, ticketing, scans, ...
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CentOS 6 with Linux-Libre kernel?

I understand that CentOS ships with nonfree blobs in its kernel. It seems that a "nonfree blob"-free kernel exists, a.k.a. Linux-Libre. Is it possible to somehow get CentOS to use Linux-Libre kernel ...
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I need a program to read the US Census's geodatabase files

I downloaded a file from here, and got something with extension .gdb.zip. I want to get one of the tables out of this "geodatabase" and into a format that's easily accessible to other programs; csv or ...
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Text annotations and image additions to PDF file using free software

I'm mostly interested in annotating a PDF file with text at a predetermined position. GUIs and command line utilities are both Ok, but only free software solutions, please. However, I included image ...
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Movie Player requires additional plugins to decode this file

I'm using RHEL 6 . I'm unable to play the video using Movie Player. It shows an error, Movie Player requires additional plugins to decode this file. The following plugins are required : MPEG-4-AAC ...
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Free or non-free, what is the question? [closed]

I often read that some distributions contain non-free components while some other are "free". As an end-user, I don't understand very well the difference between free and non-free distributions. ...
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Efficient todo / project / task manager application [closed]

I am looking at a todo / project / task management application for Linux that goes beyond making a simple list of tasks with check boxes. What I'm looking for is an application that will also allow ...
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crashplan desktop alternative?

Is there a good alternative (free software) for Crashplan for UNIX desktops? There is a plethora of backup systems out there, but there doesn't seem to be one that rivals with Crashplan. The ...
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How can I check whether I have installed non-free software?

I'm thinking of a program which would scan packages and report some statistics about them - and report all packages that contain non-free software. It would of course have to include kernel modules, ...
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Free gnu/linux distribution for web server [closed]

I would like to ask if anyone has tried using any 100% free software distro as server OS. Either directly on hardware or through a virtual machine. What where the most important shortcomings? I came ...
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Is there a Terminal Services gateway for Linux?

I need to route RDP connections to an available XP virtual machine through linux. Is there such a software? I have a pool of Windows Machines (VM) all with different IP addresses and I want the ...
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