Questions tagged [free-software]

Free software, software libre, or libre software is computer software that gives users the freedom to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, modify, and distribute the original software and the adapted versions.

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freecad window gets transparent

Recently, my freecad encountered with a strange problem of being transparent. When I open it, there is no problem (image). But when I select to go to a specific workplace, say part, the window gets ...
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Is there a way to list all non-free software and firmware that is used/installed on my computer? [duplicate]

As I understand it, Ubuntu uses lots of free (FOSS/FLOSS) software but often also some closed-source proprietary software, which is why Ubuntu is not included in the FSF list of Free GNU/Linux ...
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“Ibus-table” a proprieatary software, is in Ubuntu Main Repository

In "Ubuntu Software" GUI to install and remove software, it says that Ibus-table has propritary license and the source is Ubuntu Bionic Main repository. But, here, it is mentioned that: "Main is ...
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Why is the Linux kernel in main?

According to GNU, there are nonfree binary blobs in the Ubuntu kernel, presumably these are in linux-firmware (in main) or linux-image-generic (also in main)? If these blobs are non-free, whey are ...
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How to install new version of freefilesync

I installed Freefilesync a long time ago to be launched via the standard launcher. I now proposes me to install a new version for Debian 9.2 64 bits or Ubuntu 16.04 64 bits. I have tried both but it ...
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Recover Folder from External Hard Drive

I have permanently deleted a folder by manually pressing the delete key on my external hard drive and realised not much later that I still need the data in that folder. I immediately turned off my ...
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Is it possible to make an existing Ubuntu installation completely free?

I was unaware in the beginning that Ubuntu is not completely free software, as it uses non-free components. Is it possible to overcome the system's dependence on these (such as replacing Linux ...
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Great quality video and audio with ffmpeg2theora?

Xenial Xerus has a decent version of ffmpeg2theora: andrew@athens:~$ ffmpeg2theora | head -n 6 ffmpeg2theora 0.29 Xiph.Org libtheora 1.1 20090822 (Thusnelda) Xiph.Org libVorbis 1.3.5 ...
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WinFF: How to produce 'free' ogv files under Xenial?

FFmpeg produces great ogv files under Xenial: Free codecs: How to use FFmpeg to convert my mp4s to ogv under Xenial? But I would like to use the gui WinFF to produce these files, and WinFF has no ...
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Free codecs: How to use FFmpeg to convert my mp4s to ogv under Xenial?

I am very attracted to the idea of using completely free codecs. How do I convert my .mp4 files to .ogv using FFmpeg under Xenial Xerus using these free codecs? I am interested in: Converting a ...
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Any SAP (structural analysis program) software in linux?

I'm looking for any software like ETABS, SAP2000, Autodesk RSA (ROBOT), Graitec Advance Design, SCIA, STRAP, STAAD. I don't need simple 2D frame solver. I'm looking for fully fledged 3D, nonlinear, ...
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What blobs are in the Ubuntu kernel, release 15.10?

It was indicated that my question was a lot like the question following this, the edit suggested explaining why it is different. This is about the kernel, not about repositories. Refer to the ...
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What is the objective of Ubuntu? [closed]

When I visited this post I am surprised about the objective of Ubuntu! As it says: I'm not Shuttleworth, but the Ubuntu objective is not to ship a Pure Free Distro, but to solve Bug number 1. But ...
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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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Is there a difference between free software and open source software?

I am a bit confused about these two terms. Are there differences between them?