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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Build your own
by z80a on Thu 18th Jun 2009 13:55 UTC
z80a
Member since:
2008-02-05

If someone doesn't like or doesn't want to comply with GPL, there is a simple way - build your own. It is a way how Microsoft is building Windows, it is a way how Apple is doing (a part from kernel). When Amazon chose Linux for Kindle, they implicitly agreed on GPL terms. They also cut cost significantly by using Linux kernel.
It doesn't matter if GPL is good or bad - Amazon is not complying and they should fix it.

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RE: Build your own
by Kishe on Thu 18th Jun 2009 14:00 in reply to "Build your own"
Kishe Member since:
2006-02-16

Amazon is complying to GPL as in the law written on paper, just not to the spirit of the GPL as intrepeded by FSF

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RE[2]: Build your own
by polaris20 on Thu 18th Jun 2009 18:58 in reply to "RE: Build your own"
polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

Amazon is complying to GPL as in the law written on paper, just not to the spirit of the GPL as intrepeded by FSF


Amazon is a business, and as such complies with law and written licenses.....not "spirits".

Being a capitalist, I don't blame them at all.

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RE: Build your own
by BluenoseJake on Thu 18th Jun 2009 14:26 in reply to "Build your own"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

But they did comply, they released the source. It's just useless source.

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RE: Build your own
by Soulbender on Fri 19th Jun 2009 04:00 in reply to "Build your own"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

It doesn't matter if GPL is good or bad - Amazon is not complying and they should fix it.


They are complying with the license. What they're not complying with are the unwritten expectations of the community and the problem with unwritten things are that they are just that, unwritten. There is nothing legally wrong with what Amazon has done and they have no legal obligation to do anything more.
This is exactly where FSF and the community comes in, by pressuring Amazon to do the "right thing", even when it's not something Amazon has to do. They don't have to sit and pretend they're happy with the situation.

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