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Is any problem domain off-limits to open source development?

A few topics in security benefit from being closed-source. This is not the general case. In cryptography and most of security, Kerckhoff's principle applies. A system should be secure even if its ...
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Can I develop closed source software with an open source development environment?

Generally yes, though there are some exceptions. If you use a tool (like an IDE, an buildtool, a continuous integration system, a version control) open source licenses put no restrictions on you, as ...
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Does using Eclipse wizards to generate code make my software a derivative?

Eclipse has it's own license, the Eclipse Public License. It's very difficult to find, but you can find this in Section 29 here: Many Eclipse tools and wizards use code templates which are included ...
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How to store our own fork of a project to ensure pulling fixes and contributing back is as easy as possible

I would suggest the following: Fork the project on github. Having a fork on github is needed for much of its infrastructure around pull requests. Having a fork on github makes everyones life easier. ...
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How to store our own fork of a project to ensure pulling fixes and contributing back is as easy as possible

I would suggest simply using GitHub. Its UI and paradigm is aimed specifically at what you want to achieve. Presumably you are already fetching the original project directly from GitHub, so you have ...
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Is any problem domain off-limits to open source development?

One area where free software will not reasonably compete in the foreseeable future is playback software for premium video. Movie studios make their works available for rental and enforce the terms of ...
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What is the license of the scaffolding files Visual Studio generates automatically?

I found the license for Asp.Net MVC on Nuget. It reads: a. DISTRIBUTABLE CODE. In addition to the .js files described above, the software is comprised of Distributable Code. “Distributable ...
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Does using Eclipse wizards to generate code make my software a derivative?

The wizard itself doesn't determine if the output is covered by a license. The input determines copyright law and FLOSS licensing. For example, if you import a nondescript WSDL into Eclipse to ...
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Can I develop closed source software with an open source development environment?

Assuming you are simply using the development environment, and are not using any code samples or libraries, yes. The only sticky situation could be the compiler, especially if it links your code to a ...
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Is any problem domain off-limits to open source development?

Other answers have good points but in my mind the biggest issue by far is Patents. If a company holds patents and then issues open source code that is related to the patents, it can be argued that ...
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Can I distribute GPL software built by a custom compiler?

You're probably not going to ever find an exact definition of what a general purpose tool is. But I think you're answering your own question. If nobody is ever going to be able to modify the software ...
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Can I distribute GPL software built by a custom compiler?

I think a compiler is a general-purpose tool. In fact, I would say a compiler is the ultimate general-purpose tool as you're supposed to be able to compile any kind of program with it. I could then ...
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Does using Eclipse wizards to generate code make my software a derivative?

I find using the words "purely functional" very odd, it already has an established and very specific meaning. "Trivial" would be a better word. If some nontrivial code is already present in a ...
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Is any problem domain off-limits to open source development?

Some companies consider some of their software programs as advantages that give them a leading edge against their competitors. For instance: Both InvestmentBankA and InvestmentBankB are very similar,...
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Is any problem domain off-limits to open source development?

One area strikes me as inherently closed to open source solutions. It is hard to imagine the creation of an open source weapons system platform. Beyond the concerns of ethics, whilst there might be ...
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Can I develop closed source software with an open source development environment?

It depends how the IDE is licensed. You will need to read the license. When you produce software with it, you're not relying on the code of the IDE when you release your software, so the GPL same ...
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