LinuxDevices.com: Using GPL software in embedded applications
Mar 05, 2001, 12:12 (2 Talkback[s])
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"In a recent article in Integrated Communications Design ,
Mike Downing interviews Curt Schacker, vice president of corporate
marketing for Wind River Systems. In the interview, Schacker
expresses his "fear" that legal ambiguity surrounding the GPL "is
impeding development in the embedded open-source arena."
"In Schacker's hypothetical scenario, a company making Ethernet
switches uses Linux for the platform and chooses not to release
their code under the GPL, because it represents the bulk of their
product's core technology. Shacker fears that because the GPL has
not been tested in court, this company's project may be in
jeopardy. He says, "Can you imagine a court case some day that
determines that all of the software you've developed falls under
the GPL, and is now in the public domain?"
"While some have jumped to the conclusion that Schacker is
cynically spreading FUD ("Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt") about a
technology (Linux) and development model (open source) that poses a
threat to his company, I prefer to think that he is genuinely
concerned about the welfare of users of Linux in embedded