Free Software Foundation Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations

Edward Cherlin echerlin at
Fri Dec 12 15:34:18 EST 2008

On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 12:22 PM, Michael Stone <michael at> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 11:52:54AM -0800, Edward Cherlin wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 11:14 AM, John Gilmore <gnu at> wrote:
>>> OLPC is at risk of similar action unless it gets its act together.
>>> The project and its customers have skated by on GPL compliance,
>>> figuring that we're the good guys, and make halfhearted attempts every
>>> once in a while, so we won't get sued.  That didn't work for Cisco.
>>> Even a public *allegation* by FSF that OLPC is not compliant would
>>> have an effect similar to the "We're going Microsoft" debacle, further
>>> alienating the free software development community who OLPC depends
>>> deeply upon.  OLPC has, by distributing binaries under DRM, without
>>> source code, and with minimal notice, hung a sword over its head that
>>> just about anybody could unleash.
>>>       John
>> Some of us are new to one or another part of this issue, and need a
>> bit more background.
> For some basic background, please see

Thanks. That explains about source code and notice. Is there anything
about DRMed binaries?


That's a lost cursor bug. I assume you meant some other one.

> Thanks,
> Michael

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