Licensing

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* [http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html Free software]  - permission for anyone to use, copy, and/or distribute, either verbatim or with modifications, either gratis or for a fee.  
* [http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html Free software]  - permission for anyone to use, copy, and/or distribute, either verbatim or with modifications, either gratis or for a fee.  
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** [http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html GPL GNU General Public License] - original example of a free software license; most widely used.
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** [http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html FSF free software list]
* [http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/categories.html#CopyleftedSoftware Copyleft software] - free software whose derivatives and copies must also be distributed as free software.   
* [http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/categories.html#CopyleftedSoftware Copyleft software] - free software whose derivatives and copies must also be distributed as free software.   
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* Non-copyleft free software - Free software whose license allows derivatives to be turned into proprietary software.
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain Public domain software (with source code)] - not copyrighted. Can be used as free software, but can also be turned into proprietary software.
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain Public domain software (with source code)] - not copyrighted. Can be used as free software, but can also be turned into proprietary software.
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* [http://www.opensource.org/ Open source software]  - more or less the same collection of programs as free software with some exceptions.
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* Proprietary software = non-free software
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** [http://www.developer-resource.com/sample-eula.htm Generic EULA]
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** [http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/eula/home.mspx Windows XP Home Edition EULA]

Revision as of 13:13, 19 April 2010

  • Free software - permission for anyone to use, copy, and/or distribute, either verbatim or with modifications, either gratis or for a fee.
  • Copyleft software - free software whose derivatives and copies must also be distributed as free software.
  • Non-copyleft free software - Free software whose license allows derivatives to be turned into proprietary software.
  • Open source software - more or less the same collection of programs as free software with some exceptions.