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Questions tagged [free-software]

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 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 also refer ...
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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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problems in download software in Ubuntu on Windows [closed]

I am using the Ubuntu on Windows 10 feature and am trying to download the software S4. I have problems installing, and in fact I don't even understand some of the instructions as I'm pretty new to ...
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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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The UEFI & SecureBoot impact, how severe?

I'm planning to buy a new laptop in the coming days, and I'm quite impressed with new, cool Ultrabooks. As a long-time GNU/Linux user, I'll of course install a distro of my choice on it. Chances are ...
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Is Red Hat Linux licensed

Am confused so thought of asking a question. According to this Red Hat Becomes Open Source’s First $1 Billion Baby, it is opensourced so my question is: Where can I download the Opensource version? ...
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Are there any non-GPL linux package managers?

I'm looking for a linux package manager for personal project. The main criterium is non-GPL (and it's variants) license. So far I've managed to find that only Slackware's pkgtools meet this rule, but ...
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A simple hierarchical task list (that lets you cross out tasks) for linux in the Ubuntu repositories?

I just spent way too much time looking for this. Treeline is very close, but it doesn't allow marking a task as done with a single key press. It's a powerful data organizer and one has to change ...
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Why isn't Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop free?

Why isn't Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop free? Isn't it a Linux OS? If it is, so why is not free? http://www.redhat.com/products/enterprise-linux/desktop/
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How to create indexes in a pdf?

iPdf is rotten. Is there any other software or any other way by which an "index" can be created in a pdf file?
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Proprietary or Closed Parts of the Kernel

I've heard of lines of code that are distributed with the Linux Kernel that aren't open. Maybe some drivers or something like that. I'd like to know how much of that is true? Are there lines of code ...
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Open Source firmware for e-ink book reader

Is there any open source version of firmware for ebook readers or maybe project like RockBox? AFAIK most of e-ink readers runs linux, so maybe exists at least one model of e-reader with an open ...
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Secure FOSS alternative to Skype on Linux & OpenBSD?

Criteria: Makes audio/video calls Encrypts the whole traffic (using good encryption) Is cross-platform (including Windows 7, etc.) Runs on modern Linux distributions (Fedora, Ubuntu, etc.) Runs on ...
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Measuring the length of a curved line

Is there a software tool that will allow me to measure the length of a curved line? I have a series of lines in an image that I want to measure the length of. I have a tablet so I can trace over the ...
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Alternative to Miro Video Converter for Linux?

Back in the Windows/Mac days, I used the wonderfully easy to use Miro Video Converter to convert videos I have into either the more open and Freerer Theora or WebM formats. Two problems: (1) No Linux ...
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Lightweight MS Paint/MacPaint equivalent FLOSS in Linux?

What is an equivalent to MS Paint and MacPaint that works on Linux? There is a BSD-licenced one called Paintbrush that's great for Mac OS X, but I have not found one on Linux. I hope it can be ...
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Ideal Hardware for GNU/Linux Laptop

What's the best way to find a laptop with hardware that is amenable to installing and running GNU/Linux? I'm looking for something that will ideally work with GPL'd drivers and/or firmware. I took a ...