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How to install open-source Radeon Mobility drivers? [on hold]

I'm using Elementary OS. fglrx drivers don't work. I would like to install drivers that are being used by default in Ubuntu. Would love to have some help with that! (Lenovo y560, ATI HD5730, Version: ...
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Does Ubuntu Touch ship with proprietary code?

Does Ubuntu Touch (i.e., the system and pre-installed apps) contain proprietary code? Or is it 100% FLOSS?
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Open-source & Brandable Skype Alternative platform with Webinar functions?

BRANDABLE OPEN SOURCE OR FREE WebRTC PLATFORM FOR A SOCIAL NETWORK WEBSITE Must be able to be integrated into a Social Networking website where each member can have access. Must be brandable & ...
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What are some big sites for wallpapers that have a open source associated licence? [closed]

When i look for wallpapers on the internet, i do not know how to determine if a picture i like is protected by some property law, and hence i do not know if i am allowed to download and use it. What ...
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How to Program an Indicator into the Unity Panel

I'm working on an open source project and want to edit up one of the notifications for Ubuntu and install it into the Unity Panel (top black bar). How would I go about doing this? What files do I need ...
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Open source license [closed]

How should I license some desktop icons and shell bash files as open sorce software? I am creating and going to package them for Ubuntu 14.04.
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English to Telugu Dictionary for ubuntu

is there any English to Telugu Opensource dictionary tool for Ubuntu 14.04? or for any other Linux distributions?
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How to upload my C program to the Ubuntu Software Center

I recently created a game using the C-programming language. Now I want to upload it to the Ubuntu software center but I don't know how. I'm searching on Google since at least 2 weeks, but without ...
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How to make my own new Ubuntu based operating system?

I want to make my own new Ubuntu based operating system. With New custom theme and lot of softwares pre-built ! Can I do it only with UCK (Ubuntu Customization Kit) ? Then how ?
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Is ubuntu Linux an open source software? [duplicate]

I have a really simple question.. Is ubuntu Linux an open source software(oss)?
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Are Open Source graphics drivers better than proprietary drivers in certain applications?

I have an elderly laptop with a GeForce 9300M graphics chip. I don't game on it, but I want a smooth desktop experience with Unity. In my situation specifically, are the open source drivers better ...
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Opensource project development [duplicate]

I am trying to put my hands into in an open source project. I found this list to be pretty useful for finding opensource projects but, these are kde projects and I use Ubuntu 14.04. So, I would like ...
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What are the main open source two way sync frameworks available natively on ubuntu, which sync via “diff merging”?

So again, the software needs to be: Open Source - so I can program with it. Sync Two Ways - so two or more users can have simultaneous control over one file, unlike Rsync which syncs only one way. ...
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Why ubuntu and other Linux distros are free? [duplicate]

I'm a new Linux user. Building an OS is pretty tough work I guess. It needs lot of hardwork & patience. But after all this how the creators make Linux distros free of charge? I want to know ...
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Is Radeon Dynamic Power Management Enabled By Default By Now?

I keep reading that it is, that it isn't. That it was supposed to be enabled by default in the Linux kernel version 3.13 or 3.14, or in Ubuntu 14.04. Or do you still have to follow these steps to ...
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Trill for Ubuntu

I have a project on testing trill but I do not have the equipement that supports it (like Cisco Nexus) so I was wondering if there is an opensource version that I could install on Ubuntu. I found ...
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Is using PepperFlash plugin unsafe because it isnt open source?

I'd rather use the newest version, and (starting from Chromium 35, I believe) you can only use Pepper Flash. BUT I'd rather avoid closed source software as that implies a security risk if the code ...
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How can I self-host Ubuntu One?

The Ubuntu One service is closing and being open sourced: Additionally, we continue to believe in the Ubuntu One file services, the quality of the code, and the user experience, so will release ...
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Where do I find VLC's source code? [duplicate]

I have installed VLC 2.0.8 TwoFlower and I was wondering where I can find VLC's source code. I am using ubuntu 13.10 and I don't plan to do anything with the code, I just want to have a look at it.
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What is the “Free software only” option when installing Ubuntu?

When installing Ubuntu, you get a Free software only option. Does that Free software only option mean Free as in beer or Free as in freedom? When I say free as in freedom, I mean FSF type of ...
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Are PDF files opensouce? [closed]

I was just wondering if PDF formats are opensource. I've seen openoffice save a document in ODT format in contrast to DOC or DOCX. Is there alternate file format to PDF?
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Does Ubntu contain Non-free kernel blobs and other non-free system components?

I heard Richard Stallman say that Ubuntu contains non-free blobs. Why does it have such blobs and what functions do these non free blobs and system components do that free software can't? Does ...
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Which non-free code gets installed by default in 12.04?

Which non-free components/programs ship with Ubuntu 12.04? I’m not referring to non-free software available from the repositories, but only to software that gets installed by default. (I’m not sure if ...
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Is the Ubuntu.com website open source?

If I wanted to make a local Ubuntu website is there anything that I can use? or a design like this website has, could also be a wordpress design like this website has http://ubuntudanmark.dk/
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Building TrueCrypt on Ubuntu 14.04

With the whole NSA thing people tried to re-build identically looking binaries to the ones which truecrypt.org provides, but didn't succeed. So some think they might be compiled with back-doors which ...
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Is Steam for Linux an open-source application? Does it deserve to be on Linux? [closed]

I've noticed most Linux apps and games are free, whereas, Steam is causing Linux games and apps to become more and more non-free. Do you think that Steam really deserves to be allowed on our ...
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no sound via HDMI using Xubuntu 13.04 32 bit AMD mesa 9.2

This question has perhaps been asked before but no clear solution seems to exist for me. I have a Radeon 6850 connected to my screen via HDMI. The picture is fine but I get no sound at all, not even ...
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Can r600g drive 3D displays?

Can open-source Radeon (r600g) driver output stereoscopic image to displays that support it? Is it not mentioned in Radeon feature matrix (currently down, archive link) and I couldn't find any info ...
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HDMI sound without overscan on open-source drivers?

Is there a way to have a regular scanned display with audio via an HDMI connection on open-source drivers? Possibly a way to force DVI video output over HDMI instead of 1080p? Machine: Dell Studio ...
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Can I redistribute a custom Ubuntu-based distro for a profit?

I know that I can legally modify Ubuntu, but is it legal to redistribute an operating system that's based on Ubuntu for a small profit? I want to know this before I get started on my Ubuntu-based ...
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Which repository are free software on 12.04

I know restricted and multiverse are not free software, but what about source code and independent? EDIT : I'm referring to free as in freedom.
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Private Storage Cloud

I'm absolute new to this area. So, please be gentle :-) I'm looking at the possibility for my company to start a private storage cloud using cheap hardware and software. For example, SATA storage ...
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Creating own custom GNU/Linux terminal emulator [closed]

I've an idea about creating an open source project based on custom terminal emulator development for GNU/Linux. I googled around but didn't find any source code for the native GNU/Linux terminal ...
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Are the source code of commercial version of open source software encrypted or hidden from being manipuated [closed]

Commercial version of open source softwares are the main source of revenue for canonical, red head team, oracle [for MYSQL], etc. So my question is do all these source codes hidden or encrypted from ...
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Is the Ubuntu kernel 100% free software?

I got curious today, and ran vrms to check which non-free packages I had. To my great surprise, no kernel packages appeared. It used to be the case that the kernel contained some small non-free ...
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How do I get the name of a package, modify and install it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change the Ubuntu source code I'm not very familiar with Ubuntu or Linux, but I'm a programmer, and some people told me that you can just go ahead and modify your ...
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Anyone know of any OpenGL apps in Ubuntu 12.04?

im trying to find some apps in ubuntu that use opengl mostly. so i can read and learn from the source code. i know of Blender, but i looking for a smaller program. google just give me installation of ...
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Open source vs Proprietary drivers for Video and Image Editing

Which drivers would be better to use if someone is using applications for Image and Video Editing (like GIMP, Inkscape, OpenShot, Cinelerra, PiTiVi, KdenLive, Avidemux, Kino, Lives and others) in ...
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what is the status of AMD's Open Source 7000 series drivers?

I've seen announcements that AMD released open source drivers for the 7000 series of GPUs earlier this year, but not much since then. Are they in the kernel or are there plans to integrate them? If ...
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Ubuntu without any branding

(This question is out of interest and not because I have a problem with my machine. If it belongs to some other forum, tell me instead of downvoting me.) I remember that a couple of years ago, there ...
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Should I use the ATI proprietary or free drivers with two Crossfire HD5850s?

I own 2 XFX Radeon HD 5850 in crossfire configuration connected to 3 24" monitors. I really want to make Ubuntu my daily OS but can't seem to find the best configuration to use. Some threads say ...
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Are there any for-pay (commercial) but open source applications in Ubuntu Software Center?

I've recently decided to try not to support any proprietary software, and see how far I can go with Free software. Despite this, I realize Free software costs money to make, and would be happy to pay ...
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Open-source driver for AMD Radeon HD 6490M

I have HP ProBook 4530s laptop with AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics card. After installing Ubuntu it runs on Intel Sandybridge graphics. The Ubuntu community page says: "By default Ubuntu will use the ...
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How do I know if I'm running the open source AMD drivers for Radeon?

Well as the title says. glxinfo just says Mesa and I assume this is not the driver from AMD being loaded, as I get terrible FPS in 3D games. Ubuntu 12.04 Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series
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How to review the current state of open source vs. closed source graphics drivers?

How to know whether it's worth it to replace open source drivers installed by default with proprietary ones. Are there any benchmarks? Major known issues summaries. I don't mean 'at the time of ...
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How do I legally make an open-source version of a closed-source game? [closed]

Is it legal to make an open-source version of a closed-source game (and expansion pack) to distribute to other users? I want to do that for an old game called Age of Empires 2.
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Open Source friendly Graphics Card manufacturers?

Everyone knows that in general, Nvidia has the best supported graphics cards under Linux. But I don't want to buy into Nvidia's proprietary drivers if I don't have to. ATI has open source drivers, but ...
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Which is the X display driver for the AMD Radeon HD series in 12.04?

I'm looking for the AMD open source drivers for the HD series like my HD6250, but i can't find this drivers in the official repository, this package xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd is simply not available ...
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What is the incentive to provide a free operating system? [closed]

What is the incentive to provide a free operating system? Why do all this work for no pay? Why not sell it?
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License concerns for Ubuntu/Linux and a prospective business

Having a hard time finding specifics, could someone link me to some materials concerning licensing issues of Ubuntu, and link's at large? I'm considering starting a business installing ...