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GPL is the most widely used free software license, originally written by Richard Stallman for the GNU Project.

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Can I repost samsung kernel sources on my repo?

Samsung sources for Android are available at https://opensource.samsung.com but it's painful to download programatically. I believe that I'm free to do whatever I want with their kernel code including ...
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As hardware developer (like arduino board etc.), Does one have to license PCB's files under GPLv2/3 if it's software use (go with) GPL licensed parts?

I'm just trying to understand opensource licenses as a hardware dev. Also I'm not fully understanding GPLv3 about Tivoization part. So If I use GPLv3 software parts, Do I obligated to design PCB that ...
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How to automatically start on boot and restart on crash a python script - the clean way?

I wanted to ask a question, what is the mature way to start on boot and restart on crash a python script? I'am using the following script to build a https server: python https server with ...
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Why does GNU 'bc' have such a long copyright string?

When you run 'bc' on a GNU system, it prints out the following text: ~$ bc bc 1.07.1 Copyright 1991-1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012-2017 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free ...
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An outdated version of bash was detected on your system! when updating sdkman

I'm trying to update a software sdman in my macOs But I get bash outadted version error. rajkumar.natarajan$ sdk update An outdated version of bash was detected on your system! We ...
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Where can I find the source code specifically for the minimal debian installer cd?

I want to distribute a debian virtual machine as a OVA file, in order to comply with the GPL I want to provide the source code for debian alongside the debian virtual machine. Instead of downloading ...
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Does Debian define what GPL compliance means for the purposes of packaging?

The GPL license speaks of "derivative works". Debian has taken the position that deterministically linking against a library with LD_PRELOAD does not make your program a derivative work. This allows ...
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EOS - How to understand license agreement of Linux kernel derivative? [closed]

Background: Software licensing generally mean, you don't own software, but you own the right to use it - a license to use it. One criticism about EULA is that it is often pretty lengthy. For ...
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Screen version 4.00.03 (FAU) 23-Oct-06 GPL issues

I am using Screen command with following version :- Screen version 4.00.03 (FAU) 23-Oct-06 I want to know which GPL version(GPLv2 or GPLv3) associated with Screen command. Any help from where i ...
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Redistribution of Linux Distribution?

If a Linux Distribution is under GPL, and I would redistribute it, is it correct that I only need to be able to give the sources? For example, say I build a 4-in-1 multi distribution DVD (I got sick ...
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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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Do I need to distribute the sources of the complete distribution under the GPL?

My plan is to sell an embedded computer, running a Linux distribution. I downloaded the binaries and installed them on the embedded computer. Do I need to distribute the sources of the complete Linux ...
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Implications of including GPL software in a distribution?

It's well known that the FreeBSD project is actively trying to route out all traces of GPL'ed software in favor of more permissive-licensed software replacements.[1] Their reasons are ambitious, ...
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Can I upload Knoppix kernel source to github?

I'd like to be able to browse the Knoppix source code for my learning reference without having to copy it to every machine I use.I'd also like to discuss it with classmates. As you know, pre-github ...
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Can GPL software be bought by a company and still released as GPL? [closed]

Recently, I downloaded two fairly popular pieces of FOSS software. Both are licensed under the GPL and I downloaded them direct from the project Web site links via SourceForge. I was dismayed to find ...
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What is the relationship between GNU and GNOME?

Is there any relation between GNU and GNOME? And further related license GPL?
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Can a Linux distro be closed source?

According to the GPL licence, which is the one used by the Linux kernel, every modification in the source must be open source too. But, for example, if I create a new OS based on Linux, I develop my ...
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GNU/Linux licensing confusion

I am building a Gnu/Linux distribution. I am keeping the kernel open source but the desktop environment and the programs (the ones built by me) on top of it will be proprietary. Is it possible? The ...
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Is the Minix 3 license GPL compatible?

Does anyone know if Minix 3's license is GPL compatible? It's a BSD-style license, but I'm not entirely sure if it's compatible with the GPL. Here is a link to the license: http://www.minix3.org/...
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Does Android break GPL? [closed]

Just got curious. If Android is based on a modified Linux Kernel and its source code is closed, doesn't it violate the terms of GPL2, that GPL-derivatives must also supply their source code, "Liberty ...
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Is Linux kernel free to modify?

While browsing this site Text Files/Programming which contains historical data pertaining to programming and a lot of other stuff I came across this file Info sheet Linux The file in question has a ...
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Does GPL mean that whole software is public? [closed]

I'm doing on one open-source application. Now I'm choosing it's license and I'm thinking about GPL. But there I've got few questions: Is anyone allowed to share modified program using same name? Do ...
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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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