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LinuxDevices: Update on "Where's the Free Beer?"

May 13, 2003, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Dankwardt)

"Firstly, an Embedded Linux distro differs from desktop/server distributions in that embedded Linux distros are not intended to be stand-alone development and target solutions. An embedded Linux distro provides development and target support in conjunction with an existing development environment. This existing environment is most frequently a Linux desktop, although some embedded Linux distros work in conjunction with Microsoft Windows or other Unix desktops.

"For the purposes of this article, 'free' means freely downloadable--either anonymously or through a free registration procedure. Some freely downloadable software may not be legally usable in commercial products or on more than one system. Read the agreement associated with what you download to see the terms of usage.

"We remind readers that the GPL and Open Source, in general, do not require vendors to make their software available free of charge. The intent of the GPL, in this regard, is to make the source available to those who also obtain binary images so that they may read and modify their software. We commend and thank those vendors and other developers that choose to make their efforts available for free download..."

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