Re: CISCO Aironet 350

From: David L. Sifry (
Date: 2002-07-04 16:46:50 UTC

On Thu, 2002-07-04 at 09:39, Ray wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 04, 2002 at 11:09:29AM +0300, Vladimir Ivaschenko wrote:
> >
> > The problem with you guys, even though that your products are based on
> > Linux, you fail to even mention that and give appropriate credit. This is
> > a clause required by GPL and you break it.
> No, you might want to actually read the GPL
> > GPL also requires that you clearly specify where to download the source
> > for code based on GPL.
> They only need to give the source code to whatever GPLd binaries they are
> distributing to those that they have distributed to, not everyone. I don't
> know if they are doing this or not but I certainly hope so. Of course, any
> modules that they've created themselves they do NOT have to provide source
> for.

Right, but you can't restrict redistribution by third parties, so why not just put them on the web site? Of course, Tony doesn't need to license the code he wrote (AP drivers, etc) under the GPL. He's the author, and he can create non-GPL'd binary modules if he chooses, amongst other options.

Of course, I hope that he does release his work under the GPL or other open-source license, but (a) he doesn't have to, and (b) there may be IP restrictions that he is under as well (like distribution of the Lucent firmware or source code developed from NDA'd specifications).


David L. Sifry
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