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Is it legal to distribute a closed source X Window Manager?

I’m doing a thought experiment about making a product on top of Linux. I’m wondering: If you make a custom window manager (akin to KDE, for example) on top of X and you release it, do you have to ...
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Can I fork Linux source code, change it around to suit my desires, and claim it as my own kernel without doing any of the originating work?

Is it acceptable form to take Linux kernel source from any version, change it, claim it is mine, and then distribute it for monetary gain? In such a case open-source software is entitled to a sort of ...
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Where to find the source code for the Linux command line functions [closed]

I would like to study the source code of the standard command line functions in Linux such as ls, echo, cat, etc. But I have been unable to find the source code (a Google search was useless). Does ...
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Why rpm and deb package formats are not unified into one standard system?

I had this question asked on stackoverflow, but it was closed "as not a real question". So i decided to remove all rumbling and post that question here, assuming that this stackexchange is for ...
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Is it worth moving from Microsoft tech to Linux, NodeJS & other open source frameworks to save money for a start-up?

I am currently getting involved in a startup, I am the only developer involved at the moment, and the other guys are leaving all the tech decisions up to me at the moment. For my day job I work at a ...
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In need of a divide and conquer approach for re-writing small open-source utilities

Preamble (Skip if you don't like to read) I've been learning C/C++ in school for a year now and all the assignments in the book, after reading through the chapters, were not too difficult to ...
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is it possible for the author to trademark the name of an open-source application? [closed]

I would like to know if the name of an open-source application can be trademarked by the original author and what it means when it comes to distributing it through major linux distros, that is, will ...
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What is the best method to start understanding BIG project source code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? Sometimes before developing new products we need to understand some existing products or existing source code. Sometimes to ...
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How to get started in opensource projects and programs [duplicate]

I am interested in starting to learn how to contribute to open source projects and Linux in general. I am a first year B.Sc. Computer Science student this year and we use c++ as our main programming ...
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6answers
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BizSpark and SQL Server already present. Can and should we move to OSS?

I am starting a new role running engineering in a young startup. The stuff they have is in SQL Server / Windows. I get the feeling we should think about moving to an OSS architecture, main reasons ...
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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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Making money with Open Source as a developer?

I'm currently a student (Applied Information Technology) and we do most of our programming in C# and Java. I was wondering how can I as a developer, make money with open source. I know there is the ...