[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for
this link. ]
“Open source software is of increasing use in embedded systems.
The GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 is one of the most
popular licenses for free and open source software, including the
Linux kernel. On June 29, 2007, version 3 of the GPL was published,
clarifying some aspects of the v2 license, and adding clauses to
deal with consumer products, web applications, and patents.
“The use of GPL software in consumer products may create issues
for device manufacturers who need to protect proprietary code or to
guarantee their systems’ behavior…”