Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Jun 2009 22:49 UTC
Linux "As my colleague Michelle Menga is reporting, Amazon is now making new source code available for its Amazon Kindle. Basically what it represents is, Amazon's responsibility to make the GPL licenced source code that is used in the Kindle available to others. That's part of the GPL license and Amazon is doing its part. Digging into the code that Amazon is now making available, provides some really interesting insight into the underlying structure of the Kindle."
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Until the kernel is GPL3
by twm_bucket on Thu 18th Jun 2009 02:09 UTC
twm_bucket
Member since:
2008-10-09

this will continue to happen. The license allows it. Sure, it violates the spirit but that's the license.

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RE: Until the kernel is GPL3
by madcrow on Thu 18th Jun 2009 02:58 in reply to "Until the kernel is GPL3"
madcrow Member since:
2006-03-13

Which is why neither the kernel nor any of the key tools used in various highly embedded systems will EVER go Version 3. If they did, they did Linux would die in the "true" embedded market and possibly in the semi-embedded (PDAs, smartphones, high end routers and other recognizable but small computers) too. Device makers LIKE being able to control what OS image is running their devices and in the case of things like Tivo, they may even be required to do so due to the various patent licenses that are doubtlessly involved that could get broken if alternate firmware were to be run.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

No. The reason is that Linus doesn't want to move it to Version 3. Plus the license is GPL V2. Not "or any later version" just GPL2. They don't really have any choice, short of getting permission from every one who has ever contributed to the kernel from agreeing.

Plus, If you install firmware that violates a patent. You are legally responsible for that. Not the company that built the hardware.

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