A software license is a set of terms which specify how the user can use, modify or distribute the software.

For a software package to be listed on CLiki, its license must usually be free according to the Debian Free Software Guidelines, or DFSG. CLiki pages about licensing (most of which describe specific licenses) are

There are also substantial lists of licenses elsewhere:

  • A list of licenses from the GNU project and whether the said licenses are GPL-compatible or not
  • A list of OSI-compatible licenses from the Open Source Initiative (OSI)