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SecureCRT and trustable password manager as Free License

I need to a password manager such as SecureCRT under GNU\Linux and it have to trust, and Free license. I need to three features in one software: terminal emulator. free license. password manager Do ...
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Which BSD operating systems are completely without GPL licensed code?

Are there any BSD operating systems that do not include any code under GPL licence? I see FreeBSD intends not to generally but might. Is there a 100% bsd only version of freebsd? Or other *BSD ...
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How FreeBSD-Based OSes like FuryBSD Are Made?

I want to know how the FreeBSD-based operating systems like FuryBSD, PCBSD, and GhostBSD are made. Can I create my own project by just doing these steps? Add some packages to default ones on base OS ...
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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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clearing port in use manually vs waiting 60 seconds

running lmgrd which is a license manager executable that comes with paid-for software, in a work environment. I often resort to kill -9 <pid> of existing lmgrd processes found by doing ps -ef | ...
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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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Why significant license differences between Linux distributions

I just switched from a CentOS 8.3 installation to Debian 10. Once I had my code development setup in place again I gathered the license details and noticed a significant difference in licenses for ...
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how much apple pay to opengroup for unix license renewal?

i see this certificate on open group website you can checkout this certificate on opengroup website here : https://www.opengroup.org/openbrand/certificates/1190p.pdf i want to ask that is apple pay ...
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Is there a centralized location for the sources or homepages of RPM packages in CentOS?

I'm trying to find a source or homepage for the rpm packages in CentOS that have copyleft licensing, like GPL, and there doesn't seem to be a centralized way to find them other than exhaustive ...
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Zorin Ultimate: How to obtain source code?

Zorin Ultimate is behind a paywall (https://zorinos.com/ultimate/). I understand that it's GPL license doesn't stipulate that it provide free (as in cost, not freedom to distribute/change) compiled ...
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Can RHEL be used without a subscription (technically & legally)?

Is is possible and legal to run RHEL without buying a subscription? some background Our organization has installed 3 RHEL boxes on bare-metal machines for a customer, for which there exist ...
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Where can I find the Copyright information of .rpm file?

I can see the licence information about rpm file by executing below: rpm -qip {rpmfilename}.rpm but there is no information about copyright holder. Is there any easy way to know who has the ...
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What license does ~/.profile fall under?

On Unix & Linux, what license governs usage rights for the '.profile' file? Also what entity can be questioned about compliance?
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Popular/historical tools for managing license headers in source code?

I've never been in the need of adding/updating/replacing license headers into every source code file in a big project, but now I am. And I always thought there was some popular tool for doing it, ...
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Why some projects are a 'repacked-rebranded' FreeBSD and call themselves a 'different' OS? [closed]

Ok, maybe this is not the right thread, if so, please point me to the right one. ​Some background: I've seen other Open Source projects derived from FreeBSD (FreeNAS, PFSense, etc) that called ...
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FFmpeg claims OpenSSL is not compatible with GPL v3?

FFmpeg says in the 4.1 docs, The Fraunhofer FDK AAC and OpenSSL libraries are under licenses which are incompatible with the GPLv2 and v3. To the best of our knowledge, they are compatible with the ...
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What's the content of license that AT&T licensed Unix to third-party vendors?

Initially intended for use inside the Bell System, AT&T licensed Unix to outside parties in the late 1970s, leading to a variety of both academic and commercial Unix variants from vendors ...
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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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What happens when a Red Hat Developer Subscription expires?

I have a Red Hat Developer Subscription which expires in January 2019. For now, I’m using RHEL for development purposes and it is free for me. What will happen after January 2019? Will my subscription ...
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Is NTFS proprietary and what does that mean? [closed]

Every source I can find says that NTFS is proprietary Microsoft code, but I can still find the specifications for it and open source drivers, like NTFS-3G, made by Tuxera. I can't find any record of ...
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When using arch/pacman, how to query a package's license?

Is it possible to only install free software packages in Arch Linux? Or perhaps to query a package's license before installing? I suppose you could use -Q to search for the text of a specific license, ...
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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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Which companies are allowed to produce and sell Unix products?

Wikipedia shows Unix was first developed at the Bell Labs and later licensed to a few companies before its rights are finally sold to another company. What happened exactly with these licensing and ...
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Is it ok to use gcc to compile userspace binaries on FreeBSD 10?

I know that recently FreeBSD 10 dumped gcc in favour of clang due to licensing reasons (Ref). I wanted to understand if this restriction to use clang is limited only to kernel compilation. Can I use ...
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Can you legally sell modified versions of Linux distros? [closed]

Suppose somebody downloaded a Linux distro, like Ubuntu. Suppose further modify one piece of it, say the Window Manager. Would it be perfectly legal for them to sell copies of this slightly modified ...
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Can I use JON plugin wthout subscription on RHQ?

I setup RHQ (not JON) and found repository Can I setup and use plugin (example) servicemix4-plugin-7.5.1.redhat-630175.jar on RHQ? Or only with subscription I can use this plugin?
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Copyright for unlicense debian machine readable format

For distributing youtube-dl I would like to add a minimal debian machine readable copyright file. What should the copyright field have? It is licensed under unlicense.org Format:http://www.debian....
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How do I find out the license for each of my installed applications/packages?

I am using Ubuntu-15.10. I have installed many applications apart from vanilla installations. Now, I would like to find out how many installed packages are licensed under the GPL or third-party ...
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Why did Unix become open source/free?

Why did the original Unix versions suddenly become open source/free? It seems odd that AT&T and Bell Labs would let something like an operating system become moldable and resellable with all of ...
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Does FreeBSD contain non-free software in its base?

I mean binary blobs compiled by third parties. Additionally if you do pkg install, are there non-free packages considered by default?
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How can semi-proprietary software be based on the Linux Kernel?

If I understand correctly, the Linux Kernel is licensed under the GPL, which means that if anyone bases anything on it, they have to also license the entire derivative work under the GPL, making ...
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Font license search

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but over the years, I've collected many, many fonts, but some of them I am no longer sure if I have the right license to have it installed on my system, ...
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Do I have to publish kernel source if I release a custom kernel?

I have a kernel for an android phone ready for release. I always have the current source code already pushed to GitHub for release builds. However, I also have an experimental folder on my server ...
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How can a package's license be determined using OPKG package manager?

OPKG is used as the package manager in an embedded Linux system. I would like to be able to determine the license of a package prior to installing the package. Is there a simple way to achieve this ...
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License of source code when the license is not indicated

When source code is released on the internet and neither a license nor a copyright notice is indicated, what is the code licensed under? I can make a fork of the code?
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How to get information about deb package archive?

How to get information about .deb package archive? Like: package information, version, installed-size, architecture, description and licensing information etc. from .deb package archive?
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GNOME license not accepted issue when system has been rebooted

GNOME Desktop has been installed on CentOS7 using sudo yum -y groups install "GNOME Desktop" and when startx is executed the desktop starts. However, when the system reboots the following issue occurs:...
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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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About FreeBSD and GPL License

I have a question about Unix and Linux and their licenses. If you choose to make an operating system based on the Linux kernel then you have to distribute it for free under the GPL License, but if ...
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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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RHEL 5 license for RHEL 6?

A few years ago We have bought a "Redhat Enterprise Linux 5 Server" license, we used that license only on offline servers. Now we are migrating to a new system, we need to install RHEL 6 which will ...
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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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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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Commercial support for CentOS [closed]

As you know CentOS is taken over by RedHat, so i boils out couple of points as mentioned here. Will CentOS remain complete free as it was(is) before(now)? Can we expect upgrades of CentOS in future, ...
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Do I need a support contract to test my web application on solaris 10

I need to install Solaris 10 and I'm wondering if I need a support contract, on the download page it says that you need a support contract for production use, but I'm not too sure what production use ...
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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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Libre Coreboot payloads?

If one wishes to build an x86 server or workstation that is as de-blobbed and libre as possible, then the best one can do at this time is to use one of the fully free GNU/Linux distributions (...
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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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