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Why do some GNU distributions with a Linux kernel convey GPL software online without providing source code?

but that is [in] my opinion not in accordance with the GPL licences I agree with you. The GPL has always been pretty clear that you need to supply source if you're propagating binaries, and various ...
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Question on Red Hat's monetization model for RHEL

The business of RedHat and other linux companies usually lies in selling service, training and convenience around it. While the software itself is open source (at least most of it), they do sell the ...
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GPL for Embedded

First of all, you may want to discuss GPL compliance with your company's legal counsel and develop a clear strategy for dealing with GPL code. Complying with the GPL is not necessarily difficult, but ...
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Do Fedora's export restrictions violate the GPL?

These kinds of notices are broadly addressed in the GPL FAQ entry about export restrictions: Some distributors of GPLed software require me in their umbrella EULAs or as part of their downloading ...
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Why Linus Torvalds and The Linux Foundation should not sue distributions for trademark infringment?

Considering that Canonical has a Silver Membership in the Linux Foundation, I think it's safe to assume the Foundation is aware of its use of the mark in Ubuntu marketing and has either granted tacit ...
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Can I modify a GPLv2 licensed kernel module without having the rest of my software GPLv2?

Userspace is fine. According to the syscall exception, regular programs that interface with the kernel "by normal system calls" are not subject to GPLv2 obligations. If your userspace ...
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Linux license in a European company

Actually, let me give you my Paypal account. I am the sole receiver for Linux license payments for Europe.... Just kidding. More seriously, while you can buy support subscriptions for Linux from ...
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What GPL license to use on a Linux distro

A Linux distribution does not have "a license". It is an aggregation, and contains multiple components, each of which have their own license.
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How to comply with the GPL when providing auto updates?

You are re-distributing an entire Debian build with your software (licence unspecified) aggregated inside it. If I run a cron job to update the vm from time to time am I correct that I would have ...
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How should I contribute to fix a possible bug in an open source project?

A bug report with the upstream maintainers is not likely to be accepted. It is not a bug in their build scripts that you force-define a macro that a new version of the compiler also defines, ...
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Maintaining a complex FOSS linux distribution

Building a distribution is a lot of work. Perhaps instead of trying to create a full distribution it is better to just maintain the package(s) for Debian or Ubuntu, or offering to help out if it is ...
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License of a Linux distribution

Every program is "independent" (or it communicate with other programs with standard methods). So it is considered a mere aggregation, and the license of one piece is independent of the license of the ...
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Renting out remote access to VMs with a modified GPL kernel

The GPL does allow you to distribute modified binaries, but only as long as you also offer the source code. For the GPLv2, this is discussed in section 3: Either you distribute the binary together ...
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distributing a linux server for commercial use

Am I entitled to get Linux access to the Roku box so that I can maintain and run security updates? No. This is Tivoization and is considered by some (not including Linus) that it is a "bug" ...
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How to comply with GPL-2 when selling aggregate hardware with Linux?

How would these vendors comply with GPL-2 In general, you will find a written offer buried in very small print in one of the bits of paper you get with the device and immediately throw out. At least ...
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Distributing commercial Docker container image with openjdk:8-jdk

Am I allowed to do that? I'm concerned over the openjdk:8-jdk Docker container which includes a Debian GNU/Linux 9 image which uses a GPL license. Yes you are allowed to do that alright. Assuming you ...
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Should I distribute the source code of the build tools for a Linux distribution

You are not required to release the build tools for the image. I would argue that the image contains/aggregates various other software and just arranges them in a way that allows the image to be used ...
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EOS - How to understand license agreement of Linux kernel derivative?

1) Who did you buy a support contract from? 2) If they are using GPL software (ie, the Linux kernel) then they must give you the source if you ask for it, and there should be an offer made for it in ...
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how did Elastix move from GPL to proprietary?

So, let's break down the possibilities here. Elastix owns some of its own code. It gives you permission to use it under the GPL, but it isn't bound by the GPL itself, because it owns the code. It can ...
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Why do some people refer to Linux as GNU/Linux?

The GNU project was started in the 80ies to create a "free Unix clone" under the name GNU (acronym of "GNU is No Unix"). A lot of userland utilities got cloned, a capable C compiler and C library were ...
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EOS - How to understand license agreement of Linux kernel derivative?

Your question reads at first like an advertising... That said: 1) Which party hold the responsibility to support/resolve the bugs of Linux kernel when EOS is in production? If this is a vanilla ...
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How open or proprietary are the various PBX systems?

Taking some examples from GPLv3 (which clarified something that were considered ambiguous in previous versions): A compilation of a covered word with other separate and independent works, which ...
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Selling / Providing Customers a Service on an Embedded Device with an Open Source OS

Suppose I wanted to sell a pre-configured device with a FOSS OS, some Apache 2.0 and MIT licensed programs and own compiled source code along with the system to a customer. Do I then have to disclose ...
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How should I contribute to fix a possible bug in an open source project?

Generally speaking, you propose the fix to whichever group created the code that caused the issue. So in your case, if the possible bug you're trying to fix is caused by some code in the upstream ...
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Implications of powershell usage on Linux

If you are referring to this project https://github.com/powershell/powershell, then the answers to your two questions are: Licensing: That project is MIT licensed: https://github.com/PowerShell/...
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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. ...
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closed source binary in Linux image

The Linux kernel and the GNU C and C++ libraries have exceptions in their GPL license to allow closed source applications to use them. Thus, if your closed source binary only depends on Linux itself ...
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Should I distribute the source code of the build tools for a Linux distribution

If it's your code, you don't have to release it, but it's best practice to do so anyway. Basically, it breaks down to the following: If you've used open source code to create these build tools, then ...
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how did Elastix move from GPL to proprietary?

Exciting news for the Elastix community. We’re releasing a new version of Elastix powered by 3CX instead of Asterisk. 3CX is an open standards PBX and has built a strong following with frequent ...
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Why do some GNU distributions with a Linux kernel convey GPL software online without providing source code?

The GPL does not require you post your distro . You are free to make modifications and use them privately, without ever releasing them. This also applies to organizations (including companies); an ...
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