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Jan 20, 2006, 01:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Goodwin)
[ Thanks to Dave Guard for this
"It might surprise you, but there is a time limit on free
software. Clause 3b of the GPL states that the written offer of
source is good for three years. However, there is no dictate on the
turn-around time between the request of source code, and its
deliverance. Has anyone spotted a problem yet?
"But, despite the legal requirements, contractual obligations,
and self-opinionated mumbo jumbo often spouted about free software,
there is another problem: peer pressure. This was brought to a head
this week by the Slashdotting of a blog article from the GP2x
community This re-highlighted the fact that GamePark Holdings (GPH)
still hadn't released the Linux kernel source to their handheld
console, the GP2x. True, a version of the source was released last
December, but it was incomplete. And pre-alpha. And useless..."