Updated via-sdmmc driver submitted to mainline
Today, I've submitted the latest
version of the via-sdmmc driver to lkml and Pierre Ossman, the kernel sdmmc
Since the last submissin in early april has not received many additional
fedback, I hope we can make the 2.6.31 merge window. This has been once again
taking way too long. VIA has to improve its turnaround time significantly in
Palm Pre is shipping GPL incompliant
As it has been reported at many places online, the Palm Pre has started to ship
as a CDMA model in the United States. However, as it seems, at this time it is
not GPL compliant and thus a copyright infringement!
The Pre undoubtedly contains Linux and other GPL licensed software. So it
ships with the GPL license text as well as a written offer indicating to obtain
the source code. So far so good.
But if you contact the respective address, you get a response like this:
Hello Harald and thanks for your email.
We are in the process of preparing the packages and our modifications
to upload them to our open source web site - http://opensource.palm.com.
We expect to have all packages and modifications uploaded and available
to the public in about 2 weeks from today.
If you prefer to get the packages and our modifications on a CD/DVD,
please provide us with your mailing address and we will gladly ship it to
you as soon as they are available on our web site.
Please let us know if you have any further questions.
All the best,
Palm Open Source Team
I think it is a bad sign that they write they are in the process of
preparing the packages and our modifications. This sounds suspiciously
like "we didn't think about it early enough and now we need to reproduce the
soruce code that was used for actually compiling the build that is installed
on the devices".
Since when did the object code exist before the source code? If you compile
e.g. the Linux kernel, you _have_ the source code before you generate the object
code. So you should be easily able to make the source code available at the
same time as the object code!
I would have expected much more from a company like Palm. If you as a
commercial entity want to use GPL licensed software, you don't have to pay one
cent in licensing or any royalties. All that you have to do is to make sure
you have the complete corresponding source code that was used for
compiling the actual binaries available at the time you start shipping the
Providing a written offer and then delaying is not good GPL compliance practise
and introduces legal [and thus business] risks that could have been easily
avoided. Let's hope the source code is really complete and corresponding
within those two weeks. And let's hope they never repeat this with another
product, or with software/firmware updates for the Pre.