Proprietary software and gnu linux

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    I actually have read the wxwidgets license in full. The only license ever in full I think. I guess because the freedom of multiplatform. Infact the reason for this post is because I installed ubuntu (linux) 2 days ago. Thats means over 3 computers I have windows me,xp,mac, and linux.

    Although I have heard from others that the bsd license is simpiler I have not read one.
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    You can read many open source licenses here: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical
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    Thats very cool.Its not all the licenses but a large amount of them. Many I didn't now of there existence...till now. Thanks my fellow Canadian (:
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    Thats very cool.Its not all the licenses but a large amount of them.
    Actually, the OSI thinks just the opposite

    Too many licenses, hard to choose, more difficult to manage should projects merge or use various libraries. They went to the extent of having a license proliferation committee to try and stem the problem, though most of what I see they have done is just group the licenses, heheh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by THE GPL FAQ
    If I port my program to GNU/Linux, does that mean I have to release it as Free Software under the GPL or some other Free Software license?
    In general, the answer is no--this is not a legal requirement. In specific, the answer depends on which libraries you want to use and what their licenses are. Most system libraries either use the GNU Lesser GPL, or use the GNU GPL plus an exception permitting linking the library with anything. These libraries can be used in non-free programs; but in the case of the Lesser GPL, it does have some requirements you must follow.

    Some libraries are released under the GNU GPL alone; you must use a GPL-compatible license to use those libraries. But these are normally the more specialized libraries, and you would not have had anything much like them on another platform, so you probably won't find yourself wanting to use these libraries for simple porting.

    Of course, your software is not a contribution to our community if it is not free, and people who value their freedom will refuse to use it. Only people willing to give up their freedom will use your software, which means that it will effectively function as an inducement for people to lose their freedom.

    If you hope some day to look back on your career and feel that it has contributed to the growth of a good and free society, you need to make your software free.
    Found here. Basically, if you make software for a FSF/GPL OS eg Linux (is that enough acronyms? ) you have the right to keep the code proprietary. The only issue is that you MUST give anything that is FREE to the end user. The source code for the FREE parts also must be included into the package. The final note is that you also have the obligation to site that you are using the free code in your program.

    As you can see in the above, they highly discourage this.

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