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Most Android tablets fail at GPL compliance

Jan 03, 2011, 16:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"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."

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