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How successful is GPL in reaching its goals?

There are, broadly, two types of FOSS licenses when it relates to commercial usage of the code - let's say the GPL-type and the BSD-type. The first is, broadly, restrictive about commercial usage (by ...
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free as in free beer

Some years ago (more precisely in 1998) the confusion english-speaking people start making with the term free when applied to software led some members of the free software foundation to create a new ...
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How do I make money from my FOSS while staying anonymous?

Let's say that: You have created a FOSS project that other people find useful, perhaps useful enough to donate to or pay for modifications to be done. It is a perfectly legitimate and innocuous ...
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Open Source but not Free Software (or vice versa) [closed]

The definition of "Free Software" from the Free Software Foundation: “Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free ...
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Does there exist a decent monetary bounty system for open source software? [duplicate]

I personally would be willing to pay $10 to someone who can offer to make microphone drivers work with one of my laptops under Ubuntu 10.10. I thought that other users could contribute to the same ...
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Is there a graph with FOSS licenses detailing what can be linked with what?

I'm looking for a chart like this: Basically something that tells you whether an app with a given license can be linked with a library of a given license. Does such a thing exist?
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How should I go about re-releasing a GPL-licensed project?

A few months ago we found a library licensed under GPL that fit the bill for what we were looking to do at that time. We included it in our codebase and all was fine. Now, a few frantic months of ...
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How to promote my open source project [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to promote an open-source project? One of my hobby projects currently is about to reach a stage i would call 'public beta' where i would like to see real user ...
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Are there any FOSS operating systems available that conform to NASA's JPL coding standards? [closed]

I, like many others, have been completely enamored with the recent successful landing of Mar's Curiosity rover. After reading a couple of articles, and following a few links, I've found a couple C ...
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Licencing FOSS for profit

Some projects are available under restrictive FOSS licenses (GPL or AGPL, for example) which preclude them from being used in proprietary projects. The developers can then sell separate commercial ...
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Professional Development: Finding that “pet project” to work on - then managing other commitments [closed]

At the moment, like a fair few of you I'd imagine, I spend at least 40 hours working on projects that use a specific set of technologies. Sometimes I'm doing maintenance, and have those technologies ...
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Properly licensing FOSS: text location

I have a few FOSS projects that I want to release under the BSD license, since I only wish to maintain the intellectual property of the code, that others will know I've been writing it. I suppose all ...
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Most appropriate OSS license for infrastructure code

I'm looking into potentially releasing some infrastructure code (related to automated builds and deployments) as OSS and I'm curious about how the various OSS licenses effect it. Specifically, LGPL ...
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Is there a marketplace for crowdfunding OSS work? [closed]

Currently there are a few OSS projects that I would like to create and then use, but I just don't have the time to put into the creation of them, or in the case of some projects (e.g. Emacs packages), ...
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Who gets source code access with agpl

After reading for what seems days on the specifics of GPLv3 and more specifically AGPLv3, I have one question as far as distributing and to whom. If I create a web app (server and client) for a ...
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Where to place 3rd party software license information? [closed]

After a user installs my application, where in the app's install directory should I place information regarding 3rd party software (e.g. FOSS) licenses? Should I just append it to my EULA? Is there ...
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Adding scripting capability to a .NET application

I already have a working implementation that adds scripting to an application. The application currently generates and compiles scripts from C# snippets (taken from different user provides ...
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FOSS Development: Who develops the OS-specific packages?

I have a couple of FOSS projects. They can be a bit of a pain to get running unless you've got dependencies in place already, which I figure is par for the course for FOSS projects. We know that each ...
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A completely free and open programming language [closed]

With Oracle vs Google trial, it seems that Java is not entirely Open and free (as free software) as I expected. Although there exists completely free/open JVM, it's hard to know what is a copyright ...
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What licence for a FOSS that would sell packages on Mac and Windows but give them away on Linux?

The code should remains as open as possible, but I'm planning to sell it on Windows and Mac, and make free rmp/deb. Does the licence even matter? It feels like I'm just selling the service of ...
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selling closed source commercial product in a virtualbox (GPL)

Can I sell a closed source commercial product inside a virtualbox VM? This is extremely useful when you want to deliver server side software to users, and not mess in with different OS's ...
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Affero GPL (AGPL3) Quick Question [closed]

Our project is fully open source - it is a web service, we are using the AGPL3 license. Using this license, does that mean we can never offer it as a paid service?