Re: source code & licensing of LinuxDA

From: Andreas Bombe (
Date: Wed Jul 25 2001 - 08:48:00 EST

On Mon, Jul 23, 2001 at 08:25:07PM -0300, Rik van Riel wrote:
> Hi,
> I saw on
> that you are shipping binary images of Linux, but
> without the source code. This is in violation of
> the GPL, a matter which won't be taken lightly by
> the hundreds of copyright holders involved.

I also found that last Friday. At that point, they had a downloadable
demo for Palm IIIx without source (plus sections on the download page
for Palm Vx and source code, both with the comment "coming soon").

I asked them for source code at their only listed email I got a pretty quick response from that it will be coming soon and I should revisit
their web page to find out. To that I responded with an email
explaining the situation they got into and asked to upload the source
before I would tell this list, leaving them some slack because of the

I have still not received any email response. On their web site, they
added a demo for Palm Vx but still no source code.

> Also
> and seem to have
> licensing terms which are incompatible with the
> GPL, meaning that you either have to change the
> license or stop shipping Linux ...
> In particular the paragraphs "SINGLE COPY LICENSE",
> LICENSE" are a gross violation of the GPL.

They have a small statement hidden under "OWNERSHIP OF MATERIALS" saying
that contained open source software is distributed under their own
respective licenses. That's of course way too buried and a

Oh, and for all you conspiracy theorists out there:

"Empower Technologies Inc., an innovative company based out of Redmond,

Redmond and innovation. Now if that's not suspicious...

Andreas E. Bombe <>    DSA key 0x04880A44
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