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Compro Technology Accused of GPL Violation

May 22, 2008, 13:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"An eagle-eyed user of the Linux Kernel Mailing List archive, going by the name of Jo Shields (who many of you may know), has accused Compro Technology of violating the General Public License (GPL)...

"'I've discovered a GPL violation by Taiwanese TV card manufacturer Compro Technology.

"'On their site, they are offering a 'driver' for Mandriva Linux 2007.1, in the form of an 18 meg "linux.rpm"[1,2,3,4]. This 'driver' is, in fact, an entire kernel image (from snd-emu10k1.ko to libata.ko, with everything in between), generated from Mandriva's kernel source package, with local modifications to at least two files (major file size gap between Compro and Mandriva kernels in tuner.ko and cx88xx.ko)...'"

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