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NewsForge: RTLinux leader: GPL violation may be a mix-up

Sep 17, 2001, 19:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)
"Victor Yodaiken, CEO of the company that makes RTLinux, says he believes the Free Software Foundation's accusation that his company is violating the GNU General Public License with its patent of RTLinux may be a misunderstanding.

On Sept. 14, the Free Software Foundation issued a statement accusing FSM Labs of violating the GPL. From the statement: 'Yodaiken has attempted to use the patent to impose restrictive terms on a GPL-covered program (Linux, the kernel used in the GNU/Linux operating system). These terms conflict with the GNU GPL, and imposing them is a violation of the GPL.'

But Yodaiken, who says he was surprised by the statement, says negotiations continue with the Free Software Foundation over the license language FSM Labs uses on the GPL release of its patented RTLinux, a real-time operating system. FSM Labs and the Free Software Foundation lawyer are scheduled to meet later today to discuss the latest language of the license, which Yodaiken says has 'minor problems, which we'd be happy to change.'"

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