Telstra violating GPL licence, claims developer
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"Telstra could be about to receive an avalanche of
complaints from the global open source software community, after a
local developer accused the company over the weekend of violating
the terms of the popular GNU General Public License in its T-Hub,
T-Box and potentially T-Touch Tab products.
"The telco launched the products this year and has already
achieved a degree of success with the T-Hub integrated telephone
and T-Box media centre products, selling a total of around 100,000
units combined by the end of September. The T-Touch Tab is one of a
wave of tablets based on Google's Android operating system to hit
Australia over the past several months.
"However, in an extensive blog post published yesterday, Angus
Gratton — who appears to be an open source software developer
and a technician at the Australian National University's Department
of Nuclear Physics — pointed out that all three products were
based on the Linux operating system, which has substantial portions
licensed under the GNU General Public License."