21892Re: [nslu2-linux] Re: F5L009 belkin network usb hub
- Jun 27, 2008Gregg C Levine wrote:
> They (Belkin) areActually, that's not strictly true.
> probably not completely aware that anything Linux based needs to be supplied
> with both a binary and a source download.
Someone who sells a product which contains firmware derived from GPL
licensed source code has two options:
1) Include a written offer, good for three years, to send source code on
some physical medium for a nominal shipping and handling fee.
2) Provide source code for download.
It is true that if they provide firmware updates by the web then they
are expected to also provide source code by the web too.
But if someone ships a product and never puts a firmware update image
available for download, then they are well within their rights to only
include the written offer and never provide the source code for download.
Of course, the first person to take advantage of the written offer is
also within their rights to put that source code up on the web for
everyone else to download ... this is what keeps the nominal shipping
and handling fee low, since anyone else who gets the source code can
ship to many other people for a much lower fee (recouping their initial
outlay), and then market forces eventually push the price of further
distribution down to zero (since you'll get someone altruistic who just
puts it up for free download).
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