Most Android tablets fail at GPL compliance
Jan 03, 2011, 16:43 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Skimming the list, the norm seems to be flouting the GPL rather
than complying. Some vendors do get a thumbs up, though — and
Garrett provides links to the source for those tablets. Barnes
& Noble provides source for the Nook (color and greyscale).
Samsung's Galaxy Tab is compliant, and Archos' family of Android
tablets are all given the OK by Garrett. (One wonders why the
Archos folks aren't doing more advertising, their line of tablets
looks fairly interesting.)
"The situation isn't good, though. Especially for the no-names.
As Garrett puts it "it's pretty much a given" a tablet is not
compliant if it's from "the ones you've never heard of." If you're
dealing with such reputable names as "Buychinaelectronics" (no, I'm
not giving them a link — and yes, that's how the name is
spelled on the site) the vendor isn't supplying source. The tablet
is probably crap as well, but that's another story. Or is it? I
don't think so. Vendors who care about their products care about
complying with the licenses too."