[olsr-dev] IPC-Protocol / GUI
Sun Nov 21 17:08:58 CET 2004
Hello list -
Thomas wrote me that there is the idea of putting olsrd under
BSD-license. I strongly disagree with that. Why? Stealing open source is
abso-fucking-lutely common amongst manufacturers. Example: The developer
of iptables ran and won a courtcase against sitecom, manufacturer of
WLAN-APs. He could prove that sitecom used his GPL'ed software to build
there 'protected', illegal to disasemble, closed source software...
Sitecom wasn't allowed to sell their products anymore. So they made
'their' software publicly available. It was nothing else than Linux...
Soon after that almost all manufacturers (beside Mikrotik and Cisco
witch have their own OS) like Siemens, Linksys, Medion... made their
sources available. There is Linux inside every consumer AP...
This is a real big benefit! Now you can hack every AP and install
whatever you want - meshsoftware as far as I m concerned - on every
cheap gear if the hardware is powerful enough.
Can we allow these evildoers to take our work and misuse it as they like
(make proprietary extensions so that everybody has to buy their gear to
be compatible cause there is no compatibility).
With BSD-license stealing open source is legal.
They will help us fixing bugs? I don't believe that. No way. They will
I hope this will not happen. Please don't!
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