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    SubjectMonta Vista software license terms

    This is about Monta Vista Software, a company that develops software for
    embedded platforms, based on the Linux kernel and (possibly) other GPL
    software.

    In its official FAQ page, http://www.mvista.com/products/faq.html#q9 , it
    says:

    "A: The GNU General Public License (GPL) is very specific about the
    obligations imposed on developers leveraging Open Source. If you
    deploy/redistribute program binaries derived from source code licensed
    under the GPL, you must


    Supply the source code to derived GPL code or Make an offer (good for 3
    years) to supply the source code

    Retain all licensing / header information, copyright notices, etc. in
    those sources

    Redistribute the text of the GPL with the binaries and/or source code

    Note that your obligation is strictly to the recipients of binaries
    (i.e., your customers). You have no responsibility to the "community" at
    large."





    Its the last sentence that is of concern. Does this mean no 3rd
    party (who is not a customer) can get the GPL source code part of their
    products ? Seems like a GPL violation of clause 3b in
    http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html .

    In addition:

    1. There is no linux kernel source in ftp://ftp.mvista.com/

    2. The download page http://www.mvista.com/previewkit/index.html does not
    claim to offer any source code at all.

    thanks
    - Nil

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