[linux-elitists] What would be the proper course of action for a possible GPL violation?
Wed May 14 20:12:00 PDT 2008
On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 07:55:05PM -0700, James Sparenberg wrote:
> As some of you may have seen on slashdot there is an announcement that all
> asus mobo's will in the near future contain built in splashtop Linux desktop.
> Being the curious monkey I am. I go to the site and start looking for
> packages and source. Just to see what it is I'm dealing with.
> Not only am I not finding a path to source, but I saw this page and the
> following paragraph contained within.
> DeviceVM is releasing its first software product, Splashtop, in October of
> 2007. Splashtop is a proprietary technology developed by DeviceVM that
> provides users with a rapid-start alternative to the traditional operating
> Now before people start calling me alarmist. I'm not trying to raise a call
> to arms, and I do understand business. What I'm looking for is the proper
> method to follow to find the people able to assist DeviceVM in working with
> GPL'd software, and complying with it's license.
Until you have a device with this code in it, in your hands, you can't
legally ask for the source code.
So, first step would be to buy the device.
FYI, I know someone who was just talking with ASUS last week in Tiawan,
and I think they are doing the right thing with regards to their kernel
GPL code, so I don't think there are going to be any issues here. If
you run into problems, let me know and I'll see if I can get some direct
engineering contacts for you.
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