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ASUS Eee PC accused of violating GPL

Some members of the Linux community have complained that the Eee PC sub-notebook from ASUS may have violated the spirit of the GPL (General Public License).

Some members of the Linux community have complained that the Eee PC sub-notebook from ASUS may have violated the spirit of the GPL (General Public License).

The point of contention is that the Eee PC has not included the required source code with the installed Xandros Linux distribution.

According to blogger Cliff Biffle:

ASUS has posted a 1.8GB ZIP file on their website that they claim is the sources, but it's not — it contains a few .debs (not even the versions that ship on the machine) and some kernel headers. (Perhaps they figured nobody would pull 1.8GB from their slow-as-molasses site and find out.)

He adds:

... this is not the first time that ASUS has stolen from the community in this way. They were caught in 2004 stealing code from iptables/netfilter.

However, there are indications that Eee PC fans probably don't care. What about you, do you care?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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