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A recent creation, I'm built like a horse;
I'm feral and untamed, a wild beast, of course.
Free content licensing I do endorse,
A bug ran from home and now codes open source.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ No knowledge tag? $\endgroup$ Aug 24, 2018 at 7:31
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    $\begingroup$ Aaand now there is. Thanks for pointing that out. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 24, 2018 at 7:35
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    $\begingroup$ I can't stop finding awesome answers to your riddle, and still I feel that I didn't find the true answer. I enjoyed this very much! $\endgroup$
    – kscherrer
    Aug 24, 2018 at 8:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Cashbee glad to hear it! $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 24, 2018 at 9:47
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    $\begingroup$ @Cashbee It is. Although you haven't figured out the first half of the last line yet :) $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 24, 2018 at 9:53

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Are you maybe

A wildebeest?

A recent creation, I'm built like a horse;

Wildebeests look similar to horses. In german, wildebeest is called "Gnu", which is a recent creation (OS). IIRC the term gnu is sometimes also used in english for the animal

I'm feral and untamed, a wild beast, of course.

It sure is a wilde beest :)

Free content licensing I do endorse,

GNU GPL is the most commonly used free software license according to wikipedia

A bug ran from home and now codes open source.

GNU is open sourced. There is a GNU debugger

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  • $\begingroup$ The last clue seems off but I can't find a better explanation. Feel free to edit if you know it. $\endgroup$
    – kscherrer
    Aug 24, 2018 at 10:00
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    $\begingroup$ Regarding the last clue... My first though was that it alludes to how the user mode portion of most Linux distributions is actually taken from GNU (hence "GNU/Linux"), but upon further reflection, I think this is instead alluding to the fact that GNU was meant to be an open source replacement for Unix. It's even named after it with the recursive acronym "GNU's Not Unix". The "bug ran from home" part could also allude to the fact that Richard Stallman quit his job to work on GNU so that his employers couldn't claim ownership of it and/or the fact that GNU's kernel is still buggy. $\endgroup$
    – 3D1T0R
    Aug 24, 2018 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ Also: youtube.com/watch?v=7ks80McKhss $\endgroup$
    – 3D1T0R
    Aug 24, 2018 at 17:34
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Are you

A virus?

A recent creation, I'm built like a horse;

trojan horse <--> trojan virus. viruses are a recent creation too, at least the non-biological kind.

I'm feral and untamed, a wild beast, of course.

Viruses are wild and can destroy software

Free content licensing I do endorse,

Viruses are often 'free', because you don't pay to install them (they get installed without your knowledge). Malware is often free to make it more attractive.

A bug ran from home and now codes open source.

Bug ran from home could be a virus released from it's creator?

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  • $\begingroup$ "viruses are more common with free software" [citation-needed], unless you mean that malware is more often free. I read that as "free, legitimate software is more often compromised", which... [citation-needed]. $\endgroup$
    – anon
    Aug 24, 2018 at 16:29
  • $\begingroup$ @NicHartley I know that some clues are a bit far-fetched, and as you pointed out, they are not completely true.I just didn't want to leave a clue unexplained. If you have a better explanation for that clue I invite you to edit it in. $\endgroup$
    – kscherrer
    Aug 24, 2018 at 17:03
  • $\begingroup$ My main issue was your phrasing. I suggested an edit, but honestly, it could go either way. $\endgroup$
    – anon
    Aug 24, 2018 at 18:13

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