Re: Linksys WRT54G and the GPL

From: Jörn Engel (
Date: Sun Jun 08 2003 - 15:14:34 EST

On Sun, 8 June 2003 20:44:22 +0100, Colm MacCárthaigh wrote:
> Early in the year, I purchased a nice new Dell Laptop, for running Linux
> on, of course. Since it saved me money, I bought a Dell TrueMobile 1184
> Access Point/Router at the same time.
> [six weeks later]
> Dell now ship a copy of the source and the license on the CD that
> comes with the TrueMobile kit. I really have to make clear here,
> Dell did amazingly well, they researched it, kept me informed,
> responded positively, and rectified procedures. It's a great example
> of how to do it right.

Nice. This looks like the first hardware router that could really
fancy my wishes. And if I buy this piece of hardware, Dell can
attribute that directly to the software running on it and the kind of
control it offers to me.

Should be a great thing for companies as well. Unknown software
without support or updates and a direct internet connection is a
nightmare for security. And that was what most "hardware" routers
boiled down to and still do.


A surrounded army must be given a way out.
-- Sun Tzu
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