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The terms free software and open source software do mean different things, though the categories of software they refer to are almost exactly the same. What is free software? Free software is defined in terms of freedom (not price), and is not the same thing as freeware. The idea is that there are certain freedoms on the part of users that free software ...


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You can't copy it to be open-source. Even if the source were leaked, that is illegal. You can, however, follow in the footsteps of FreeCiv or Doom3. FreeCiv is based on Civilization, and is an open-source version. Doom3 is also open-source but requires the use of official game data for full operation or you must provide your own assets for models. Either way ...


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I know of employees of the following companies who are tasked with improvements to Ubuntu as a primary job responsibility, including maintenance or delivery of software in the archive, bugfixing, and other development work performed on and in Ubuntu. This list is necessarily incomplete, as it is exceedingly likely that many folk have not decided to disclose ...


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FSF free is not the same as the free software only. There is free as in free beer and free as in freedom, FSF is free as in freedom, and the ubuntu free only is free as in free beer. FSF maintains a list of what they consider free distros. See also Linux Libre. Alas, many of those are great distros, but many are poorly maintained. Of the distros ...


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Skype uses proprietary protocol and there are no opensource application which can make use of this protocol. However skype is planning to opensource the skype application (protocol will still remain proprietary) however they havent specified a time frame yet.


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The software in Multiverse is "gratis", but not free. These are some examples of cases in which software would be appropriate in Multiverse: The Software is not legal in every jurisdiction (DVD Decryption, ...) It's software-patent encumbered (MP3 Codecs, ...) It doesn't provide the user with all of the four essential Freedoms: Run the program for any ...


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Firstly, please correct me if I'm wrong, and understand that English is not my first language. Firstly, can we define what "big computer companies" are? Are we talking about the "big-ness" like Canonical (whose name is most probably unfamiliar to most people) or big like Intel, AMD/ATI, nVidia (whose name is synonymous to processors and graphic cards ...


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Age of Empires II can usually be run on Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux systems without too many problems, using Wine. Disclosure: I am not a lawyer. As for the general question, if your goal is to create free open-source software that facilitates playing a proprietary game, and you have programming skills, typically there is no legal impediment to writing a ...


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I would suggest you take a look at PDFcrop. If you wish to crop a pdf with left, top, right and bottom margins of 5, 10, 20, and 30 pt (points), then run pdfcrop --margins ’5 10 20 30’ input.pdf output.pdf in terminal. To actually crop something away, use negative values in the argument for crop. For example, pdfcrop --margins ’50 50 50 50’ input.pdf ...


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The twice-yearly Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) or yearly Debconf are a location where it is easy to see direct funding for Ubuntu: companies sending their own employees (or for individuals, sending themselves). When you see people from Intel, HP, Dell, … at UDS (or another Linux conference) it's probably a fairly good confirmation that their attendance is ...


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"Free" can mean one (or both) of two things: "free" as in "costs nothing" ("gratis," "free as in beer"), or "free" as in "free to be modified" ("libre," "free as in speech"). "Open source" merely means that the source code is made available by developers, and is not necessarily "free as in beer" nor "free as in speech" (although it can be either or both). ...


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There is no open source Skype application. But of course there are several alternative VoIP applications that use the standard SIP protocol (including Empathy and Ekiga) which is supported by most VoIP providers (except Skype...).


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There is a list of OEMs who submit their hardware for certification here. Individual components are also certified here. There is also a list of Ubuntu "partners" here. These are software or service providers who specifically support Ubuntu. It's a big list ;-) Ubuntu certification is very thorough, as detailed on the official page here and Dell's blog ...


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Is Steam for Linux an open-source application? Short answer: No. Long answer: Steam is a closed source application that it is included in the non-free repositories. The non-free repositories include all applications that one or other way, don't fit the FOSS philosophy and policies. That said, since Linux/Ubuntu is an open source anyone can install, ...


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I'm not Shuttleworth, but the Ubuntu objective is not to ship a Pure Free Distro, but to solve Bug number 1. In order to be able to solve it, it needs to supply non-free software that users demands. Specially closed software firmware that is needed by lots of drivers to work. If you are interested in a totally free system you can select "Only install free ...


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you have to install bzr and then you download a branch you want: bzr branch lp:inkscape in a directory you want


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Where to review the current state of Linux display drivers: http://www.phoronix.com/ http://openbenchmarking.org/ Generally a brief lecture of one or two current articles on phoronix dealing with display drivers performance comparison will suffice to make a decision as what driver to install. General situation in Linux display drivers - open source vs ...


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Why not just join in with the development team here? 0 A.D is a fantastic AOE2 spin off, and could do with some devs. Also, you save yourself some of the horrors of undertaking such a large project like that yourself.


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It's not that they couldn't exist. It's that by and large they don't. The security model being a little more complicated on most open source systems and the peer review of code by other developers both lead to this. Here's an example: For closed source applications - You're developing an application, and you use some windows library. It crashes when ...


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Yes, you can charge for it. The only restriction is that you must provide your customers with the source code to the software. Provided that you don't modify it, that is already handled by Canonical and the Ubuntu archive mirrors. See also: http://www.ubuntu.com/project/about-ubuntu/our-philosophy


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There's a new version of Skype available - and it runs quite nicely too: http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=799681 Yes, this is intended as humor.


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Tulip. Download (80 Mb). Installation: sudo dpkg -i tulip-debuginfo_3.3.1-2_i386.deb 3D visualizations 3D modifications Plug-in support for easy evolution Building of clusters and navigation into it Automatic drawing of graphs Automatic clustering of graphs Automatic selection of elements Automatic Metric coloration of graphs


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Silber said Ubuntu for Android would be released under an open source license, but that Canonical expects it to mostly be pre-installed on specific hardware. -- Jane Silber, Canonical CEO in PC Pro


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Ubuntu is a free software. In fact, Ubuntu is "The world's most popular free OS". But there are applications for Ubuntu which are not free. These applications are in generally included in restricted and multiverse repositories. So, that option about you asked, Free software only make that these repositories (restricted and multiverse) to be disabled from ...


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The PDF format itself is freely usable and the relevant patents can be used freely (although they apparently remain under Adobe's control so this could potentially change, IANAL regarding patent law). Adobe Systems made the PDF specification available free of charge in 1993, PDF remained a proprietary format, controlled by Adobe, until it was ...


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Being open source does not necessarily mean the code is going to be scrutinized by the public, or that it will be fully audited and properly scrutinized, even if it is. It simply means that it can be. For Flash, you don't have much choice. There are some open source Flash plug-ins, but a very large number of sites just won't work in them, as the sites will ...


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There is no authority which can define the meaning of a word. It is defined by how it is used, and therefore the meaning of a word can change over time or a word can mean different things to different groups of people at the same time. That said: wikipedia, the Free Software Foundation, The Debian Project, The Ubuntu Project, GNU all agree on one thing: ...


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Linagora is one of those companies. They count 160 employees and have offices in France, Belgium and the United States. Their first way of supporting Ubuntu is by writing and publishing documents, scripts and more. See their community website for more info (in French). Their second way of supporting is by contributing to FLOSS code including Ubuntu. All ...


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They weren't included in Maverick proper due to the timing of release. As Jeremy stated, they're being considered for inclusion as part of upstream compat-wireless, and they have not yet landed in compat-wireless (they're only in staging currently), hence they have not landed in linux-backports-modules-2.6.35 yet. (You can track the Ubuntu Maverick git ...


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LogicalDOC Community could be used for this purpose. Allows you to catalog and tag many file types and has a built-in free OCR. One of the features that I really like about this package is the full-text search engine that can run natively language specific searches. There is a good documentation for installation on Ubuntu, which doesn't involve special ...



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