[E3-hacking] PBL V5.1

Ralph Corderoy ralph at inputplus.co.uk
Sat Oct 6 14:49:01 BST 2007

Hi Cliff,

> > From: Alexander [mailto:hri-news at yandex.ru]
> > As things stand now with PBL V5.1?  Do I have a chance to use the
> > device?
> Err, no.  (trust me on this ;-)

Oh, but aren't you forgetting our previous off-list conversation?  I
pointed out GPL ver. 2 says

    The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for
    making modifications to it.  For an executable work, complete source
    code means all the source code for all modules it contains, plus any
    associated interface definition files, plus the scripts used to
    control compilation and installation of the executable.

Leaving aside for the moment the fact that Amstrad never released
matching sources to the binaries, even to those paying GBP25 for a CD,
the bit in the GPL about scripts used to install means what you use to
upload firmware over the EXT serial port in the lab and factory.  And if
that signs the firmware before uploading, it includes that too.

In reply, your offer was to do the upload for anyone that sends you
their phone and firmware.  Personally, I don't think that complies and I
suspect the FSF and http://gpl-violations.org/faq/sourcecode-faq.html
would agree.



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