Started using fedora legacy
Since RedHat decided to discontinue RedHat Linux, I've migrated almost all the remaining RedHat and Conectiva Linux boxes to Debian.
However, I didn't migrate the Fedora Legacy as
a means for installing security updates for the discontinued RedHat. Works
like a charm, and I send many kudos to those volunteers who set this up in a
very short time.
Presentation/Workshop about reverse engineering of Linux firmware images
At the 20c3 conference, I'll be
giving a presentation/workshop on my personal experience on how to reverse
engineer Linux-based firmware images.
This is basically the technique I've used to find out about violations of GPL'd
software under my copyright.
The presentation will cover strategies, tools and describe the step-by-step process of an example firmware image.
KNF blog section started
I'm planning to drop here some notes about my work at KNF, a non-for-profit Internet organization
based in my old home town Nuernberg.
Despite not living there anymore, I'm still doing sysadmin for them, especially
maintaining our large usenet server.
Companies violating the GPL of software under my copyright
Numerous companies have started to use Linux as the foundation for their
commercial products. While this is a good thing[tm], they have to play by the
rules. Over the last couple of months I found out that quite a number of
companies is violating my copyright by not adhering to the GPL.
One of the more commonly-known cases is the Linksys WRT54G product, but there are
The major problem for individual software developers and free software projects
is the jurisdiction. For me as a German, I am very unlikely to carry the
burden of starting a trial against a U.S. company. Not only that I don't trust
their legal system, consider the incredible cost associated with a trial in
However, as soon as a product is sold within Germany, I am able to take action
against the importer of that device. Considering that .de is supposedly
Europe's biggest market for IT, that might hurt the vendor enough to comply
with the license, rather than stop selling it.
In the Linksys case, the Free Software
Foundation is one of the copyright holders, and thus pushing for GPL
compliance. However, after about half a year of lawyers talking, there is
still no full GPL compliance. Yes, they have offered some source code on their
website, but there's still lots of stuff missing.
I've also received significant indication about quite a number of other cases
where GPL'd source code was used to build proprietary software. If I only had
the time, I would like to start a website with a database of all known GPL
violations, the companies involved, their response, the legal proceedings (if
I've started with registering the gpl-violations.org domain name. If anybody
out there is interested in starting the website, I'm happy to offer the
hosting, traffic, domain, etc. on one of my machines.
netfilter developer workshop 2003, Budapest (Hungary)
netfilter developer workshop in Budapest went quite well. I'm happy that
our most important developers managed to meet the second time.
Thanks to everybody who made it, to Astaro
for funding, to KFKI Institute for the local
support, and Jozsef for the local organization.
Prior to the workshop, Eli and I spent a couple of days for holidays in the
City of Budapest.