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Questions tagged [free-software-definition]

Questions about the definition of free software according to the Free Software Foundation

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SSPL and the Open Source Definition

MongoDB has decided to change the licensing of MongoDB Community Server, seemingly to prevent businesses from monetizing on their product without giving anything back: https://www.mongodb.com/press/...
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Practical steps to licence Free software and Open Source Projects [closed]

Several discussions have supported the subject of a software license and the majority are limited to offer explanations or definitions (GNU GPL, EULA, BSD License ... etc) without addressing the ...
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Is declaring something one made as “free software” legally binding?

I used an unfree license, but I made a copy paste mistake, declaring that the licnesed stuff is "free software". Is that legally binding = does it grant the licensee the three fos freedoms? Here the ...
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Can open-source software have not any free version? [closed]

I was using the project, and I did not know this until I was going to use the software on production, and it showed a warning when it realized it's not development mode. I found an open-source ...
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What's the point of running free software on non-free hardware?

What is the point of running software that does not violate the four freedoms if our hardware does? Most of us have modern hardware which contains backdoors that allow manufacturers to access the ...
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Can software that depends on proprietary software be free?

Suppose I write a Matlab script and place it under the GPL. The question is whether the result can be considered free software. On the one hand, the script itself is clearly free. On the other hand, ...
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Understanding a Perl module license

Can someone clarify these claims: This module is free software you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. Copyright (C) year Some Author. All Rights Reserved It ...
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Software licensing - Pre 1970's

From reference, page 4, The official ubuntu book, Eighth edition, As computer’s became cheaper and more numerous in the late 1970’s, producer’s of software began to see value in the software itself....
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Contradiction: Free “software” does not mean “noncommercial”

Citing the Philosophy of the GNU project: Free "software" does not mean "noncommercial". A free program must be available for commercial use, commercial development, and commercial distribution. ...
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Is Linux Mint's version of Firefox really Free software? Is it compliant with the MPL?

Trying to keep this as short as possible... In a VM, to test a problem of someone else, I installed a fresh Linux Mint 17.3 and opened Firefox. The search bar (right of the address bar) didn't include ...
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Am I allowed to modify CameraSource.Builder of Android vision package?

I am trying to build my custom library for eye detection, tracking, blinking, smile etc. I am using below open samples instead of reinventing the wheel. GooglyEyesActivity CameraSource The ...
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Can any Firefox add-on be free software now that add-on signing is required?

Since the release of Firefox 48 on 2016-08-02, Mozilla Firefox will not run any add-on that has not been signed and verified by Mozilla. This means, for example, that a user cannot modify an add-on ...
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Free like free to do what I know and like best - write software? [closed]

Preamble Since this question is behind each second question concerning 'free software', please don't vote to close it. I don't want to discuss it with philosophers or economists or ask it on Yahoo. I ...
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Is ANTLR Free Software?

I'm thinking about an example of a popular piece of software to illustrate the difference between Free Software and Open Source Software. ANTLRv4 is an Open Source project and provides an online ...
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What is the relation and/or difference between freeware and free software?

Freeware and free software sound very similar. What is the relation between them?
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Is there a universal definition of free software? [closed]

I was reading the question Are discriminatory free licenses still free? Regardless the merit of that particular question, one answers states that according to the definition The license must not ...
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Are discriminatory free licenses still free?

With free licenses, one cannot restrict who or how the software is used. Suppose that I construct a license that says: If you are not Steve you are permitted to license under A; if you are Steve ...
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Why is the Reciprocal Public License OSI-approved but not FSF-approved?

The Reciprocal Public License (RPL) is interesting in that it is the only license both OSI-approved and not FSF-approved. It is a copyleft license similar to GPL but with a "reciprocal" clause: ...
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Are there consequences of publishing software under a free or open source license?

When you publish software under a free or open source license, you are granting users certain freedoms. With that, it stands within reason there are certain consequences and liabilities, just as there ...
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Can a software license meet one of the FSF's and OSI's definitions without meeting the other?

I know that Free Software (this means the concept of free as in freedom, not software that does not cost anything) and Open Source have two distinct definitions. In practice though, they turn out to ...
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Is the CC BY-ND an Open license?

CC BY-ND (Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives) is a fairly restrictive license. It does not allow derivative works. The Wikipedia article on Creative Commons licenses says that it is not a ...
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Why was open source as a term created, although free software was already established?

Technically open source and free software more or less mean the same thing. They have different definitions, but they result basically in the same thing. So why was the Open Source Initiative founded ...