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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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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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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Command line tool to crop PDF files

I am looking for an open source command line tool to crop PDF file just like we can do in Adobe Acrobat Pro. I have tried PdfTk, ImageMagick, PyPDF, and GhostScript—all with no success so far.
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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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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.
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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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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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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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What simple FLOSS software can I use to produce nice data visualization?

I am looking here for the best simple and intuitive application that is designed to produce neat looking graphs, for example "number of Ubuntu users in the last 10 years" or "average amounts paid by ...
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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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Will Ubuntu for Android be fully open source?

I am truly happy that Ubuntu-For-Android is more than a prototype. Yet, I'm confused. I failed to fully realise this: Going to be fully open source? Released eventually to the community to work on? ...
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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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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 open source software vulnerable to viruses?

I understand the ideas behind open source software, but I am more interested in the security aspects. How is open source software not exposed to viruses or any kind of Internet attack? How does it ...
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Does Ubuntu 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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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The legality of duplicating the GUI of a commercial OS in an Open Source Desktop

I had a question about the legality of duplicating the design of a commercial OS to an Open Source desktop. Let me just cut to the chase. Is it illegal to create a Desktop Window manager that behaves ...
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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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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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Truecrypt alternative with deniable encryption? [closed]

I am looking for a Truecrypt alternative for Linux, one that is preferably is free/libre/open-source software (FLOSS). I would have used Truecrypt, but it has been discontinued.
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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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How does the Ubuntu license work for commercial use? Do we have to follow the LGPL or the GPL?

I have an Ubuntu computer. Once Ubuntu starts I use my applications, such as: driving school exams, learning, practical use, and studying. Now, I am preparing license documentation. If I use Ubuntu ...
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Getting same patch from two different people at the same time

What happens when two different people fixed and send the same patch at the same time?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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passerelle sms kannel in ubuntu 14.04 (exit code = 16) [closed]

I need your help , I have virtualized Ubuntu 14.04 with kannel installed virtualbox on it with and I have a modem Huawei E1552 orange , my virtual machine recognize the modem ( wvdialconf ) but when I ...
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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 ?