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Questions tagged [linux-distribution]

For questions about the various distributions of the Linux OS, such as their origins and specific impacts on the community.

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How to update GPL licensed software distributed to a customer without providing the source code on each update?

This question extends my last question about 'How to comply with the GPL when providing auto updates'. Problem description: I want to distribute a Debian VM with Debian based docker containers, so ...
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How to comply with the GPL when providing auto updates?

Problem description: I want to distribute a Debian VM with Debian based docker containers, so far I would just extract the entire source code after the VM is configured and provide the source code on ...
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GPL for Embedded

I'm working in a company that develops and sells embedded systems. We are using Linux and some GPL software, alongside proprietary software. Some of the GPL softwares are modified to fit our needs. ...
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Should I distribute the source code of the build tools for a Linux distribution

If I want to distribute a GNU/Linux distribution as a .iso, I must : Distribute the source code of the Linux kernel Distribute the source code of any GPL (or some other license) package included in ...
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Free or non-free distribution, what is the question?

I often read that some distributions contain non-free components while some other are free. As an end-user, I don't understand very well the difference between free and non-free distributions. What ...
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Distributing commercial Docker container image with openjdk:8-jdk

I am building a docker image with the following dockerfile and then pushing it to an AWS ECR repository: FROM openjdk:8-jdk RUN ["mkdir", "/opt/mycompany"] COPY ["myapp.war/", "/opt/mycompany/myapp....
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Renting out remote access to VMs with a modified GPL kernel

As I have read you can modify and use the Linux kernel if you do not distribute the binary of that modified version. The confusion that I have is that, suppose that if AWS were to provide a kernel ...
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EOS - How to understand license agreement of Linux kernel derivative?

EOS (the industry-leading, Linux-based network operating system) runs across the entire portfolio of Arista’s network switches as well as in a virtual machine instance (vEOS). EOS operating system ...
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Distributing a Linux distribution [duplicate]

If I were to take a Linux distribution (e.g. Debian, Ubuntu, etc.) and distribute their provided ISO verbatim, would I be required to provide the respective source code for all GPL software on the ...
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How open or proprietary are the various PBX systems?

Is the following situation with FreePBX standard for VoIP? Why Not Use FreePBX 13? Glad you asked. Despite the freepbx.org facelift1 and the eternal message that “The ‘Free’ Stands for Freedom,”...
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how did Elastix move from GPL to proprietary?

I'm just scratching the surface for VoIP with Elastix. I notice that Elastix 2.x is "open source" but 5.x is proprietary? Looking into licensing from the manual on Elastix brings: http://www.3cx....
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Linux license in a European company

I would like to install Ubuntu or Debian Desktop on a PC from our company which is in the European Community. I was told that the company should pay for this license, because in EU they must. Do you ...
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Do Fedora's export restrictions violate the GPL?

On the download page of Fedora, one finds this text: By downloading Fedora software, you acknowledge that you understand all of the following: Fedora software and technical information may be ...
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License of a Linux distribution

I'm helping a medicine student to build a Linux distribution which should include some imaging processing tools. The aim is give to the other students a bootable USB stick to be used for their ...
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Why do some GNU distributions with a Linux kernel convey GPL software online without providing source code?

I have noticed that some groups or organizations convey the GPL software without the source code. Such examples are: https://sourceforge.net/projects/serbian2014/files/Download/ as Serbian GNU/Linux ...
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Maintaining a complex FOSS linux distribution

In my professional area some of the most advanced software tools are incredibly hard to install, build, and configure even for the teams who create the tools, let alone for less technical end users. ...
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Why do some people refer to Linux as GNU/Linux?

In some cases I have noticed that some people say GNU/Linux instead of just Linux. Why is that so? Do both terms mean the same or is there a subtle difference?
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How did the first Linux distribution(s) develop?

In this question I asked why distribution are more common in the Open Source and Linux environment. It seems that a) open source makes the job easier for the distributor as it isn't needed to ask for ...
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How can I get my program into a Linux distribution (Debian)?

Assume I have programmed a cool application and released it as open source. But not many people are using it, as most install their programs through their distribution of choice. Can I somehow add ...
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Why is open source software often shared via distributions?

Linux comes most often to your computer as a distribution. This distribution contains a lot more than only Linux: Browser, Editor, Games, Terminal, Spreadsheet and so on. But nearly all software in ...