Has anyone heard about EPIA MII FastBoot ROM Utility? < GPLIssue
linuxbios at matter.net
Thu Jun 24 02:35:01 CEST 2004
I asked about this and this is the reply I got:
After checking with our engineers, we found the source code of VIA Fast
does not contain the GPL source code.
Only one structure's members definitions are the same as the Linux BIOS.
remaining parts are not.
We think it doesn't break the GPL.
> Today I discussed it with a collegue of me. He said it is the way you
> bring this to VIA, if there is any force, like they do when you infridge
> their patents, it just disappears from their website.
> At the moment they claim to give a OEM (or a end user) source code (one C
> file with compile instructions for VC++ 1.5 (!)).
> Probably someone should gently point out that what they give is object
> code. And with the question if the want to participate in the LinuxBIOS
> code, source for the VGA initialisation for example :)
> Two months ago I had basically the same problem with Acer (BenQ) about
> their AccessPoints basically they did the same thing as Linksys. With the
> new products they got Wind River...
> The FSF coundn't do anything because there was no link to find except for
> the Linux Kernel.
> So I presume the EPIA-toyers like the FastBios product the same als the
> LinuxBIOS project. Though the LinuxBIOS claims to be unstable for the
> board (sounds scary) while 'their' VIA building provides a 'working'
> package based on LinuxBIOS.
> Is anybody of the developers group able to take some action?
> On Thu, 17 Jun 2004, Matt Jarvis wrote:
>> This wouldn't surprise me. Via did the same with the Waste sources,
>> built their own version for the PadlockSL utility without mention of the
>> fact it was GPL Waste source based. They withdrew the code from their
>> webpage when it was put to them that it was a GPL infringement. They
>> dont seem to understand the concept of the GPL very well.
>> Adam Sulmicki wrote:
>> >>I'm trying to boot from the CF reader on the VIA Epia platform. After
>> >>reading forums and mailinglist this could be possible by the FastBoot
>> >>But I was a bit surpriced what I found in there...
>> >>grep linux `find` and look at the 'loader*.obj'-files.
>> >>Can somebody confirm this is _not_ distributed GPL code as a binary?
>> > fyi, you can get to this page from :
>> > http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=343
>> > you can do:
>> > wget http://downloads.viaarena.com/WinCE/Apr04/fastboot%20v2.01.zip
>> > unzip fastboot%20v2.01.zip
>> > strings */*/loader?.obj | grep -i linux
>> > it gives you stuff like :
>> > _linuxbios_versionR
>> > _linuxbios_extra_versionX
>> > _linuxbios_build`
>> > _linuxbios_compile_timef
>> > _linuxbios_compile_byp
>> > _linuxbios_compile_hostv
>> > _linuxbios_compile_domainz
>> > _linuxbios_compiler~
>> > _linuxbios_linker
>> > _linuxbios_assembler
>> > etc, etc.
>> > also that http page mentioned above has contact info. perhaps
>> something to
>> > inquire at.
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