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Raspbian: Download sources of older packages

I want to sell embedded devices powered by Raspberry Pis and Raspbian (without the non-free software). I want to distribute the sources of the os distribution with the devices (mainly to satisfy GPL ...
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Debugging problem with GPIO serial pins

I've been trying to run a port of a small RTOS called ChibiOS on my Raspberry Pi, and am having trouble with the serial communications. Specifically, when I use a UART connected at 3.3V to the GPIO ...
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Level of Hackability of raspberry pi

I have been working with embedded systems (mostly micro controllers) for about 3 years. I want to know how much of RPi of actually open source?? I know arduino gives us complete details of hardware ...
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Installing dependancies

I am trying to build some packages from source and I get messages that say I need the following: -glib2 (DONE) (apt-get install glib-2.6) -directfb -libpng -m4 (TRIED) I got this installed but ...
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How free is Raspberry Pi?

Is it legal to freely manufacture, distribute and modify Raspberry Pi? Does Raspberry Pi have a license? Are the hardware documentations and specs available to the public? Are there any restrictions ...
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Is the BCM2835 (Broadcom SoC) proprietary to the Raspberry Pi organization?

I ask because assuming someone wanted to manufacture their own (large) batch of RPi's, the major component that would be most difficult to procure is the Broadcom SoC (see here.) If obtaining this ...
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Where can I find the schematics and supporting design documents for the hardware?

I've tried to search for this online but other than a few posts on the Raspberry Pi blog, I can't find an official source of the design documentation for the hardware. It was my understanding that ...