Proprietary means software (like an application or driver) that is not open-source. It is owned by a particular company or individual who is not willing to give out its source code, or does not allow the source to be used, changed, and redistributed. A common example of proprietary software in ...

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How to start making a non-free application?

I am wondering how is it possible somebody to make a non-free application under Ubuntu. Being an open-source programmer, I've found that in order to make even the simplest program I use libraries ...
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Gaming with ATI open-source drivers

I have recently bought humble bundle 2 ( http://www.humblebundle.com/ ). Is there a way to run Braid using ATI's open-source drivers? The game always crashes. When do get it to start in windowed mode ...
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Compiz slow under proprietary nvidia driver [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 and have problem with proprietary nvidia driver for my GeForce GTS 250. I have issue with poor Compiz performance. And there is also open-source "noueau" driver. Proprietary: ...
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How to determine the version and origin of proprietary drivers installed by Additional Drivers?

How can I tell which version and from which repository the Additional Drivers tool is trying to install the fglrx graphics driver? It says that I have a different version of the driver in use. I ...
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Can I use the Ubuntu font in a proprietary application?

Huge Ubuntu fan here, I really like the Ubuntu font, but as far as I know you may only use it in open-source applications. I want to use it in an iPhone/iPad app. Due to Apple's contracts, I can't ...
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Install restricted drivers in command line

I'm aware there's already been a question and answer regarding Nvidia drivers, but my case is a little different. My wireless adapter's driver is proprietary, and for a minimal install, I need a ...
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How to fix splash screen in all Ubuntu releases!

How to fix black splash screen or broken splash screen after installation of nvidia proprietary drivers in Ubuntu (it happens usually in all Ubuntu releases)? It's no matter what version of nvidia ...
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How do I install a 32-bit proprietary deb on a 64-bit system without causing dependency problems?

I know Guitar pro doesn't support 64 bit, but i did get it to work with this command jeggy@jeggy-XPS:~$ sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i GuitarPro6-rev9063.deb [sudo] password for jeggy: Selecting ...
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Why don't I have to accept a EULA when installing Adobe Flash Player?

The Adobe Flash Player has a quite restrictive EULA but it is not presented to the user when he installs it. Isn't the user obliged to accept it, before using it? Maybe some users would refuse using ...
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Ubuntu 14.04: nvidia drivers cannot be installed

I have an Asus laptop with a nVidia card. lspci tells me: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF119M [GeForce 610M] (rev a1) I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64-bit ...
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Clarification of the third-party software options during system installation

During installation, the user is presented with the following dialogue: The 'Flash' and 'MP3' options are pretty self-explanatory, but what about the 'wireless hardware' and 'other media' options. ...
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NCAA March Madness Live doesn't work

NCAA March Madness Live is a Flash-based video player for the NCAA college basketball tournament that started today. In past years, it worked fine in Linux, but now I get an error that says "Technical ...
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ATI graphics, Minecraft, and Compiz?

When I installed Ubuntu on my desktop, everything seemed to "just work" -- I used the proprietary ATI graphics card for my ATI Radeon HD 5870 and everything from Compiz to video to Amagetron Advanced ...
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How get Join.me in Ubuntu?

I'd like to know if there's any way of getting join.me to work in Ubuntu? I'm not looking for a similar software. I need it to be join.me.
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What Licenses am I allowed to use when selling Ubuntu wallpapers?

I am making Debian packages containing wallpapers that I want to sell through Canonical (https://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com/dev/). Canonical does not (that I have found) list allowed licenses for ...
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Which licence text to sell my application

I would like to sell (for a low price) my new application without DRM (like does Machinarium) on the Ubuntu software center and on a website with Paypal. When I have registered my application the ...
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why is my ATI graphics driver not working?

i just installed ubuntu day ago and im total newb in this system. after installation and ubuntu update i found out in "System Info-"Graphics": Driver-Unknown, Expirience-Standard after that i found ...
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Ati Radeon HD 3200 Graphics driver - Installation Problem

I have a fresh installation of Ubuntu 12.04 x86 and I am trying to install the proprietary driver for my "Radeon HD 3200 Graphics" video card. I know that there are already many threads about this ...
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Unity Not loading after installing Nvidia proprietary drivers

I just got a new Nvidia GTX 650. The huge downside at this point is that whenever I use the open source driver, the computer is ridiculously slow. Whenever I use the proprietary drivers and restart, ...
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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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ATI Proprietary Driver Over/Underscan setting ignored after reboot

I installed the proprietary driver (fglrx-updates) on Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit for my graphics card (ATI Radeon HD 7570). I am using two displays, one connected with DVI, one with HDMI. I set the desktop ...
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Installing Maya on Ubuntu Linux

Installing Autodesk Maya on Ubuntu is possible, but can be a bit challenging. Assuming that one already has the required specs and a solid graphics card driver installed, how can it be done?
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Ubuntu doesn't detect my ATI VGA card, only Intel, using 'lspci | grep VGA' & 'sudo lshw -C video'

I'm sporting a Lenovo G570 Laptop with a dedicated ATi Radeon (6347) HD 1GB VGA card For the last 5 days I've been trying to install ATI Proprietary drivers to make full use of it: I tried almost ...
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How to setup dual-screen monitors in xorg.conf using Nvidia TwinView?

I have the following xorg.conf file, but TwinView is not working for me when using 2 monitors. Please help me get things sorted out. # nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by ...
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removed ati proprietary driver, tried to hibernate, destroyed ubuntu installation. help?

I totally ruined my Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop x64 installation today. I've never been able to hibernate or suspend (not with my laptop, server or htpc), not even through this guide. So I read a post here ...
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Is 12.10 in Sync with Nvidia packages in PPA X-Swat

I was checking https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-x-swat/+archive/x-updates and noticed that there are no 12.10 packages. Apart from this I heard that 12.10 will be focusing more on up to date video ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ati / amd driver not able to install

I'm a beginner who just set up a dual boot with Win7 home and Ubuntu 12.04LTS. As seen in many tutorial videos and as Ubuntu suggested I tried to install the proprietary drivers. my specs: dell ...
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How do I enable Extra Visual Effects using an Intel graphics controller?

I'm using an office desktop computer with Ubuntu 10.04 installed. I know the Intel graphics controller should be able to pull off the simple desktop effects made available by Compiz, but I can't ...
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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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Can I create a proprietary application using Qt?

I am using Qt4 to build an application and for some reason I want to keep it proprietary. Qt4 is released under LGPL, does that force me to release the code to my application. I ask this question ...
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What Packages/How Do I Uninstall Propriety AMD Catalyst Driver [duplicate]

How do I go back to the open source driver? I installed AMD driver following on screen instructions but have a little shaded square in bottom right hand corner that says "AMD Unsupported hardware". ...
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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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What is the difference between an NVIDIA legacy binary proprietary driver and a binary only proprietary driver?

What is the difference between an NVIDIA legacy binary proprietary driver and a binary only proprietary driver?
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Error during graphic driver installation

I've installed Kubuntu 13.04 but when I wanted to install my laptop's graphic driver(ATI) this error was demonstrated: --------------------------------------------- Supported adapter detected. Check ...
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Update manager updates the kernel mod but not the nvidia client, how to get them to match?

12.04 update on 2012-12-22 updated the kernel to 3.2.0-35-generic and attempted to update nvidia driver to nvidia-experimental-310 310.14-0ubuntu0.1 but did not. Update on 2013-01-06 update manager ...
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MSI RX1950 Pro-Series PCI-E video card - Is there a way to make 3D functions work?

I have the 3D-Card in the subject. It is ATI-based. I know proprietary driver support for Linux has been dropped a while ago, so I have been struggling for years now, with no success... my ...
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Do I really need ATI proprietary drivers?

Ever since I installed 11.04, I have problems with ATI. If I don't enable it, am I still able to use HDMI with no problems?
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What is the program “Additional Drivers” (jockey-gtk) talking me about?

The program says: "No proprietary drivers are in use on this system" But it doesn't say if it is talking about graphical drivers only or what. Then, it lists two drivers: NVIDIA accelerated ...
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Laggy Windows, and cant install Post Release update driver

When I move my windows around they are really laggy. I had a feeling it's because Ubuntu isn't taking full advantage of my graphics card so i went to install the additional drivers. The normal ...
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Problems with EmusicJ on Ubuntu 14.04

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 in my new machine and have a subscription to emusic (because I used it before in my Windows days because of the great selection of classical music). I have used it on my old ...
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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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NVIDIA proprietary driver logging me to console instead of GUI

Firstly i want to apologise for any mistakes, English is not my native language. My problem is I can't get NVIDIA proprietary drivers to work. I tried to install it on Ubuntu 12.04.1 32 and 64 bits, ...
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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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Is there a repository (ppa) that collects closed-source, non-free software?

If I am not mistaken, programs like Spotify or Steam are not included in any of the Ubuntu repositories (main, restricted, ...). And I guess they will never be? Correct me if I am wrong. If I am ...
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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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NVIDIA Proprietary drivers not working in Ubuntu 12.10

I tried all proprietary drivers for my NVIDIA GTS450 graphics card, and after rebooting my PC, i get a very low resolution, and no desktop environment. I've tried the experimental 304 version and both ...
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Proprietary Drivers: Does Ubuntu know truly what my system has?

I was just wondering if Ubuntu actually knows the Proprietary drivers of my laptop. Using a DELL Inspiron 15r 6gb ram i5 intel core processor. If I pick the drivers that it recommends are they ...
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How to deal with bugs in proprietary legacy driver?

I'm facing serious bugs in my proprietary AMD/ATI display drivers. Where do I report bugs regarding such drivers? Do proprietary drivers get modified by community to provide latest fixes at the ...
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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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Error while installing nVidia driver

I'm trying to install the latest (as of 27/09/2012) nVidia drivers for my GTX 660 through the Additional Drivers tab in System Settings. It ends up aborting, producing a log that says something about ...