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Chapter 7. Installing New Applications > Look, Use the Source . . .

Look, Use the Source . . .

Once you've downloaded that new software, you'll no doubt be anxious to take things out for a spin. The truth is that there is an amazing amount of software available for Linux. If trying out new things is exciting for you, I can pretty much guarantee that you won't get bored anytime soon.

Much of this software is available as source—not surprising because the GPL (under which much of the Linux software out there is distributed) requires that you distribute source along with the programs. There are also open source projects that have no relation to the GNU projects that employ the license as a means of copyright. Then there are other open source projects that use BSD-style licensing, artistic licensing, postcard licensing, and many others; all distribute their programs in source format.


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