Questions about open-source software, licensing and other related.

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Is there a difference between free software and open source software?

Well I am a bit confused with the two terms, are there differences between them?
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Rollback from proprietary to open source ATI drivers causes Unity to not start anymore

I just installed Ubuntu 11.10. I changed the open drivers for the proprietary ones and had all sorts of problems while trying to make dual screens work, so I decided to roll back the drivers. Now ...
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Open Source command line tool for optimizing PDF

Are there any open-source command line tool for optimizing PDF in Ubuntu. I have used Ghost Script and i am able to convert the PDF into 72 dpi, gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 ...
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Is there a Document scanning and archiving software?

I'm looking for some kind of (free or open source) document management application which should allow me to store paper documents in my personal computer allowing me to add fields of information with ...
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Which big computer companies support the Ubuntu project financially?

When looking for hardware, I often try to find out if the manufacturer employs open source developers and things like that. I know Canonical has relations with a couple of big computer companies, but ...
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Download Source to Build Application Myself

Many Open Source projects provide their source code in different version, for the various systems such as Windows, Debian, Fedora etc. Since Ubuntu is Debian based, should downloading the project for ...
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Why do we have non-free software in the official repositories?

The Ubuntu wiki describes the "sections" of the official Ubuntu repositories as follows: Main - Officially supported software. Restricted - Supported software that is not available under a ...
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Release of Ubuntu One server code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is the Ubuntu One server side application proprietary? Will Ubuntu One's server code ever be released so that people can run their own private "Ubuntu One"?
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How do I set up my laptop for dual boot?

I suppose to buy a Laptop and want to install Linux OS(not decided which distribution to use), and I have a large volume of data with the NTFS format drive externally. How do I need to format my ...
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Broadcom open source drivers available in Maverick?

I have a laptop with a broadcom BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n wireless adapter and its using the proprietary STA drivers (perfectly), however I thought broadcom released open source drivers and that they ...
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How to get the source code of a project from launchpad

How to get the source code of a project from launchpad
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Open source Skype application

I'm looking for an open source Skype application that I can use instead of the current beta we have to install.