p2pnet news | Open Source:- Cisco Linksys routers violate parts of the FSF GNU General Public License, version 2, and the GNU Lesser General Public License, says Richard Stallman’s Free Software Foundation .
So it’s suing Cisco which, according to Server Tales, is, well, “disappointed”.
Cisco bought Linksys in 2003 for $500 million and, “Both licenses place restrictions on the ways in which open source software can be commercially used and distributed,” says InformationWeek, continuing:
“FSF notes that Cisco uses GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Binutils, as well as other open source utilities over which the group holds copyrights, in its Linksys brand routers.
“FSF claims Cisco violated the licenses by failing to provide end users of its products with access to the source code for open source software embedded within the products, as required by the GPL and LGPL.”
Cisco says it’s, currently reviewing the issues raised in the suit” but believe it’s “substantially” in compliance, says Server Tales, going on, “Cisco also is holding a $100,000 contest for Linux developers and uses the open source operating system with its AXP router module as well.”
In the lawsuit, “FSF claims Cisco brushed off its complaints about the matter,” says InformationWeek.
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Server Tales – Richard Stallman`s FSF Suing Cisco for GPL Violations, December 12, 2008
InformationWeek - FSF claims the company failed to make source code for its routers available to customers, December 11, 2008
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