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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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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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Why does FreeBSD use the GPL-licensed GCC?

Why does FreeBSD use GCC as its default compiler? I am under the impression that a core pillar of the FreeBSD philosophy is not to use any GNU software and in particular, GPL code. Yet GCC which is ...
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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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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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What happens when Redhat says: “no more RHEL clones!”

I mean that ex.: CentOS, and Scientific-Linux are the "exact copies" of Redhat Linux. If Redhat would say one day: "I don't allow Redhat clones from now on, I will modify the licence", then what would ...
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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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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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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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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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If Mac OS X is UNIX, why is it that it is not open sourced and the license is proprietary?

If Mac OS X is a Unix, as answered in this question, why is it that it is not open sourced and the license is proprietary, as stated in this Wikipedia article? According the the genealogy from this ...
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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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How to disable portage LICENSE checks

Whenever I install a package with an EULA, portage asks me to add it to package.license: The following license changes are necessary to proceed: (see "package.license" in the portage(5) man page for ...
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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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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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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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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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Can Microsoft fonts be bought and included in the Linux core? [closed]

Is it possible for the Linux community to buy the rights for the Microsoft fonts so that they can be included in every distribution (or with distributions that would like to include them)? Would ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a variation of Linux or Unix that does not require open licensing?

In the future I may be building a system with an embedded operating system. Given the commercial properties of this system, it will make sense to have all of the internals as closed source as possible....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu Linux all are open source linux, but what about when i want to make my own brand from that?

I have used Fedora/Ubuntu/CentOS all of them, and they are open source linux, free to all users and free to do almost anything. But i do not get this correctly yet. They are open source, and they ...
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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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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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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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Can I name my own LFS distro?

The question is... about LFS (Linux From Scratch), if I would build a Linux system, with LFS, is it 100% mine? Could I say I made all this from scratch?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 FreeBSD license easier than Ubuntu/Fedora/CentOS/ArchLinux when it comes to GPL + Close source + Sell?

If I use FreeBSD/OpenSolaris, and stop using Ubuntu/Fedora/CentOS/ArchLinux, migrate my all applications to FreeBSD/OpenSolaris will that reduce license problems? Specially, GPL/LGPL is very ...
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What advantages/disadvantages could have using the GNU Affero license for regular software? [closed]

The Affero license was designed for network software, but what would happen while used on regular software? Could that have any disadvantage, or could that provide better coverage for unexpected ...
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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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iptables with tunnel in 2 interfaces

natserver eth1 = nat/gateway (10.0.0.254) licenseserver eth0 = 10.0.0.251 ( get from nat server ) machine1 eno0s3 = 200.0.0.184 = valid eno0s8 = 10.0.0.252 ( get from nat server ) any machine ...
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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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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?