Eric Anderson wrote:
> when marketing a product based on OS Linux don't you have to post the
Only when the code's license requires it (e.g. I presume the case you
are alluding to is when the code is a derivative work of GPL'd code).
The NSLU2-Linux project welcomes commercial software than runs on (for
example) the Unslung firmware platform. As long as that commercial
software runs as a separate executable, and is not derived from GPL'd
code, then there is no requirement (either legal or moral) for the
source code to be released.
If, however, that commercial software contains, or is linked against,
GPL'd code, then *all* source code for that commercial executable is
required to be released to the person to whom the executable was
So the only way to check in this case is for someone to buy the product.
BTW, you can't ask for source unless you first buy the product.
[My assumption from reading their web site is that they just use the
NSLU2 as a communication gateway, and can do that with standard Unslung
firmware and Optware packages. The real application seems to run on a PC.]