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Questions tagged [operating-system]

Operating systems are basic software to use a computer. This tag should be used for questions about interaction of operating systems and open source software or open source operating systems

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Is it legal to install and run FOSS in a closed operating system like Windows?

Is it legal to install and run FOSS (free open source software) in a closed operating system like Windows? If so then why did Richard Stallman felt it necessary that there "must" be a GNU operating ...
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Raspbian as OS of a controller module of a machine

I'd like to use a Raspberry Pi as a controller of a rather complex medical machine. For several reasons, most prominently safety reasons, it is out of the question, that we could give the source code ...
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How do I get the kernel source for my Android tablet?

As I understand it, the Android kernel is GPL. Doesn't that mean that if I buy an Android tablet the manufacturer has to make the kernel source available? There is no source on their website and ...
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What are the implications of glibc (GNU C Library)

What are the implications of glibc? The library is installed on most GNU/Linux systems (and maybe others, don't know). The thing is it is supposedly licensed with LGPL, but I am not sure which version ...
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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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Why are only so few Linux distributions listed by the GNU project?

The GNU project has a list of free GNU/Linux distributions. But it lists only a few Linux distros, although hundreds do exist. Even more, very common distributions like Debian, Linux Mint or Gentoo ...
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Distributing an operating system DVD bundling proprietary and GNU-GPL software?

Wikipedia seems to imply that Turbolinux bundles proprietary codecs. More generally, under what conditions is it OK to mix proprietary and GNU-GPLv3 software into an operating system, and distribute ...