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LinuxDevices.com: Lineo "Licensing" Linux?

Jan 26, 2000, 18:49 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link. ]

"Lineo has recently announced one of the largest embedded Linux design wins to date: through a three-way partnership with Elitegroup Computing and Bast, Inc., Lineo Embedix Linux will become the software platform for Linux-based set-top devices in hotel rooms and apartment complexes throughout the US, Europe, and Asia (* See news story. *). In Lineo's press release, they stated "the agreement provides an initial 50,000 licenses for Bast to produce Embedix-based set-top" boxes."

"Licenses for Linux?" you ask. Since "licenses for Linux" is a bit of an oxymoron, we asked Bryan Sparks, Lineo's CEO, to clarify Lineo's Embedix Linux licensing strategy. Here's what we learned."

"Lehrbaum: Your recent announcement about the Bast set-top box design win says that Lineo has reached an agreement to provide 50,000 software _licenses_ to Bast. Given the GPL status of Linux, could you clarify what it is you're licensing?"

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