Questions tagged [foss]

Free and Open Source Software

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How to prevent unfair use of open source software licensed under Apache 2.0 [closed]

I have released many open source software under Apache 2.0, now I'm providing a SaaS using that software. Basically, I need to prevent people just taking my software and just rebrand it to provide it ...
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How should I approach documentation generation for my FOSS library? [closed]

I've published a small FOSS library (link below, but what it does is not very material to this question), on GitHub. It doesn't have releases yet, but it's quite usable and (sort of) tested. Now, I ...
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What are the options for licensing a code project with “license soup” in the sources?

I'm working on a software project which I intend to release as FOSS in some way. My code includes quite a few header/source files written by others: Better Enums A slightly modified GSL Lite An ...
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Using a GNU GPL licensed component in a BSD licensed software [duplicate]

I am currently in process of writing a software application. In this application, I use another software project which is licensed by GNU GPL. I have widely modified the GNU licensed component and ...
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Working on Free Software [closed]

My main experience is with iOS, but I'd like to move into writing free and open source software instead. Are there many jobs out there that allow you to work on projects like this? I've looked on the ...
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Where to place 3rd party software license information? [closed]

After a user installs my application, where in the app's install directory should I place information regarding 3rd party software (e.g. FOSS) licenses? Should I just append it to my EULA? Is there ...
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selling closed source commercial product in a virtualbox (GPL)

Can I sell a closed source commercial product inside a virtualbox VM? This is extremely useful when you want to deliver server side software to users, and not mess in with different OS's (windows/osx)...
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Properly licensing FOSS: text location

I have a few FOSS projects that I want to release under the BSD license, since I only wish to maintain the intellectual property of the code, that others will know I've been writing it. I suppose all ...
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Professional Development: Finding that “pet project” to work on - then managing other commitments [closed]

At the moment, like a fair few of you I'd imagine, I spend at least 40 hours working on projects that use a specific set of technologies. Sometimes I'm doing maintenance, and have those technologies ...
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Who gets source code access with agpl

After reading for what seems days on the specifics of GPLv3 and more specifically AGPLv3, I have one question as far as distributing and to whom. If I create a web app (server and client) for a ...
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Most appropriate OSS license for infrastructure code

I'm looking into potentially releasing some infrastructure code (related to automated builds and deployments) as OSS and I'm curious about how the various OSS licenses effect it. Specifically, LGPL ...
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Are there any FOSS operating systems available that conform to NASA's JPL coding standards? [closed]

I, like many others, have been completely enamored with the recent successful landing of Mar's Curiosity rover. After reading a couple of articles, and following a few links, I've found a couple C ...
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A completely free and open programming language [closed]

With Oracle vs Google trial, it seems that Java is not entirely Open and free (as free software) as I expected. Although there exists completely free/open JVM, it's hard to know what is a copyright ...
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How should I go about re-releasing a GPL-licensed project?

A few months ago we found a library licensed under GPL that fit the bill for what we were looking to do at that time. We included it in our codebase and all was fine. Now, a few frantic months of ...
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Adding scripting capability to a .NET application

I already have a working implementation that adds scripting to an application. The application currently generates and compiles scripts from C# snippets (taken from different user provides ...
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What licence for a FOSS that would sell packages on Mac and Windows but give them away on Linux?

The code should remains as open as possible, but I'm planning to sell it on Windows and Mac, and make free rmp/deb. Does the licence even matter? It feels like I'm just selling the service of ...
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FOSS Development: Who develops the OS-specific packages?

I have a couple of FOSS projects. They can be a bit of a pain to get running unless you've got dependencies in place already, which I figure is par for the course for FOSS projects. We know that each ...
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Does there exist a decent monetary bounty system for open source software? [duplicate]

I personally would be willing to pay $10 to someone who can offer to make microphone drivers work with one of my laptops under Ubuntu 10.10. I thought that other users could contribute to the same ...
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free as in free beer

Some years ago (more precisely in 1998) the confusion english-speaking people start making with the term free when applied to software led some members of the free software foundation to create a new ...
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How do I make money from my FOSS while staying anonymous?

Let's say that: You have created a FOSS project that other people find useful, perhaps useful enough to donate to or pay for modifications to be done. It is a perfectly legitimate and innocuous ...
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Is there a graph with FOSS licenses detailing what can be linked with what?

I'm looking for a chart like this: Basically something that tells you whether an app with a given license can be linked with a library of a given license. Does such a thing exist?
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How successful is GPL in reaching its goals? [closed]

There are, broadly, two types of FOSS licenses when it relates to commercial usage of the code - let's say the GPL-type and the BSD-type. The first is, broadly, restrictive about commercial usage (by ...
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Licencing FOSS for profit

Some projects are available under restrictive FOSS licenses (GPL or AGPL, for example) which preclude them from being used in proprietary projects. The developers can then sell separate commercial ...
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Open Source but not Free Software (or vice versa) [closed]

The definition of "Free Software" from the Free Software Foundation: “Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free ...