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Re: GPL question

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: GPL question
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 23:35:03 -0400
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In article <>, (CafTgr) wrote:

> I work for a company that makes manufacturing equipment.  We're
> looking at developing a linux-based embedded control system for a
> piece of equipment.  This would consist of...
> a) A stripped down linux distribution
> b) A kernel module, developed in-house
> c) A userland program, also developed in house
> We are not modifying the kernel in any way. We would like to protect
> our in-house software (that is, sell it without revealing the source).
> Does the GPL allow this? My impression is that it does given that we
> supply the source to the kernel (because it's GPL). Thanks in advance

Sounds alot like what TiVo did.  They use Linux as the OS on their video 
recorders, but don't give away the software that implements the UI or 
video processing.

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
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