Comerwell's Open Source Software pages

If you want to know more about Open Source Software (OSS) then you maybe better study the GNU General Public License (GPL). The idea is that you may use, copy, distribute and even modify the software, provided that you do not restrict these rights to others. The GNU Library General Public License does also allow to use LGPL licensed libraries in non-free programs.

Examples of GPL'd software

  1. Linux (Free unix)
  2. OpenDVD (dvd-player for Linux)
  3. VNC (X server/viewer) by Olivetti & Oracle Research Laboratory.
  4. IPChains (firewall for Unix systems) by X/OS Experts in Open Systems BV
  5. Samba (Windows file- and printersharing on Unix and OS/2)
  6. The Apache Project (Web server)
  7. Perl (Practical Extraction and Report Language)
  8. teTeX (LaTeX text processing)
  9. LyX (LaTeX Word processor)

What is GNU?

The GNU Project started in 1984 to develop a complete free Unix-like operating system. Variants of the GNU system, using Linux as the kernel, are now widely used; though often called ``Linux'', they are more accurately called GNU/Linux systems. The first test release of ``the'' GNU system, using the GNU Hurd as the kernel, was made in August 1996.

The Free Software Foundation is a tax-exempt charity that raises funds for work on the GNU Project.

Page last updated: August 18, 2001
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