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Re: Broadcom 4702?

To: Jim Thompson <jimt@vivato.net>
Subject: Re: Broadcom 4702?
From: Jun Sun <jsun@mvista.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 17:03:55 -0800
Cc: Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>, linux-mips@linux-mips.org, Charlie Brady <charlieb-linux-mips@e-smith.com>, jsun@mvista.com
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On Wed, Jan 14, 2004 at 01:42:01PM -0800, Jim Thompson wrote:
> 
> I have binaries.  I asked.  I was told "no".
> 
> On Jan 14, 2004, at 1:15 PM, Alan Cox wrote:
> 
> > On Mer, 2004-01-14 at 21:05, Jim Thompson wrote:
> >> My question is why these patches, which are subject to GPL (it is
> >> binutils and gcc, after all), haven't been released.
> >
> > There is no obligation for anyone to provide the source except to those
> > they provide the binaries. They just can't stop those people then
> > redistributing it.
> >

Since we are on this subject, I am curious if I buy a Cisco's router
whether it is considered that Cisco distributs the binaries to me
and whether I can demand for the source code if they are GPL'ed software.

I can see arguments go either way.  Do open source community and
industry have some concensus on this issue?

Jun


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