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The power of the GPL

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: The power of the GPL
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 15:39:02 GMT
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One recent development which I think shows the power of the GPL over BSD and
X11 style licenses is the various (somewhat GNU/)Linux-based
cable/dsl routers.  Without the GPL, such boxes would stay "closed", but
thanks to the GPL, Linksys, ASUS, etc... have had to distribute the source
along with the firmware, thus opening up the door for custom
made firmwares (see or google for OpenWRT)
with extra features.


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