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1answer
45 views

Editing Copyright line in Apache2 license.txt

I wish to publish my program under Apache2 license. I have added the "APPENDIX" part of the license text to the top portion of my source.txt file and edited the copyright year and name. But when ...
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1answer
60 views

Deferred Open Source licensing

Are there established models for releasing an initially proprietary piece of software under FLOSS conditions after a defined period or a certain point of time? The main problem here is that all ...
3
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8answers
477 views

Isn't GPL enough to make a software free as in free speech?

Background I have read people rebutting the fact that a certain software is free as in free speech, even when it is licensed under GPL. Some say Java isn't free because to obtain a professional ...
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2answers
159 views

Sourcecode license: free for personal use and modification but no public distibution

For one of my apps, I want to make the source code “open source” so that others might adapt the code to their personal needs or even contribute improvements, but I don’t want anybody else to publish ...
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3answers
7k views

Is Java free/open source or not?

On November 13, 2006, Sun released much of Java as free and open source software, (FOSS), under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). On May 8, 2007, Sun finished the process, making all ...
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3answers
224 views

Give open-source developers a free license for my commercial software?

I am creating a software package that will be useful to programmers, engineers and scientists. List price will be in the region of $1,000 -- way beyond the budget of most open-source developers, ...
1
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4answers
1k views

How to keep motivation in hobbyist programming projects? [closed]

There is already a couple of questions here about motivation, but they are related to programming as a job, teamwork and so on. I have been noticing, that in the past few years my motivation to code ...
5
votes
4answers
521 views

How should I implement my chosen software license?

I have always kind of wondered, but never took my time to actually ask these questions regarding licensing. Most of these questions are presumably pretty basic, but I have no idea what I'm dealing ...
66
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7answers
41k views

Are there open source alternatives to Bitbucket, Github, Kiln, and similar DVCS browsing and management tools? [closed]

I am aware of several tools/services that provide DVCS browsing and management such as Bitbucket, Github, Kiln, SCM-Manager and Rhodecode. However, the use case I am considering is one such that: ...
6
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1answer
799 views

Is Java free software?

Free software as defined by FSF. Are its standard libraries free/open source? Is its implementation free/open source? Which parts of it are not free/open source? Any other relevant information.
6
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1answer
181 views

If I want my client program to be free software, do I also have to release the server software as free software?

Imagine I've written a game and I want to make it free software. Am I also required to make the game server software free software because the game uses it to connect to other players to play against? ...
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2answers
693 views

Places to find free software projects who need developers/project managers? [closed]

While I have plenty of project management "booksmarts" and a handful of PM experience, I don't seem to have enough experience to get the sort of job I want. Since "I read another PM book/blog ...
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8answers
1k views

Why freeware (closed-source) instead of open-source?

I'm wondering why some people release software as freeware, yet they don't release the source code. Why is that? I can think of some reasons, yet most of them don't make very much sense. Why would you ...
3
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1answer
146 views

How well do free-to-open-source-projects policies work in practice?

In comparison with an open source license and requesting donations, is a free-for-open-source-projects (or free for non-commercial developers) closed source and otherwise commercial project likely to ...
15
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7answers
607 views

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 ...
9
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7answers
3k views

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 ...