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1GNU General Public LicenseGNU General Public LicenseUniversity of PhoenixPOS355 – Introduction to Operating Systems2013GNU General Public License
2GNU General Public LicenseHave a minute? Good. Because that is about as long as it will take for me to convince you to install my version of free softwareon your computer. After all, it comes with a General Public License (GPL)! It can’t be all bad if it comes with its own license! Wrong. As the old adage says, ‘nothing in this world is free’. The following paper illustrates efforts of the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation to convince users that no risk is involved in using free software. Given the fact that free softwareis accompanied by a GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), many users equate the license with that of major software companies. Another downside of the GNU OS is that no technical support is available to users. Lack of a strong security platform holds lackluster appeal to those who trust and rely on the software in the scope of daily business transactions. A GNU, pronounced, g’noo, is an operating system (OS) software package similar to the UNIX OS. GNU comes with many of the standard OS features such as libraries, developer tools, applications, and a special program that allocates resources while communicating with the kernel of the OS (GNU Project, 2013). Linux provides the kernel of the OS that has been freely available at no charge since 1992. The developer of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds, rereleased it under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL).Over the years, the correct reference to the GNU Linux OS has been greatly misrepresented (GNU Project, 2013). Most users today do not even know anything about the GNU project and simply refer to this OS as Linux. In all actuality, the only partof the Linux OS is the kernel, and neither the Linux nor the GNU can function independently.
3GNU General Public LicenseThe GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) is a license provided by the Free Software Foundation, Inc. that allows users to run, modify, and share free software without restriction. To qualify software as truly free, certain conditions must be met.

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