Subject: Re: embedded systems vs. GPL
From: La Monte H Yarroll <piggy@HILBERT.MATHS.UTAS.EDU.AU>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 93 17:44:18 +1000


>    Date:      Tue, 15 Jun 1993 23:19:43 EDT
>    From: "Russell Nelson" <nelson@CRYNWR.COM>
> 
>    Has anyone put GPL'ed software into an embedded system?  How have you
>    dealt with the source requirement?
> 
> We have a number of customers who have problems with exactly that.
> 
> I've talked to rms about this; he's amenable to adapting for this
> circumstance (at least for LGPL code), but the FSF board is not.
> Their understandable concern is that it would encourage people to put
> code into roms rather than ship w/src, which would be a step
> _backwards._
> 
> The short answer, for our embedded customers, is that they don't, at
> least not so far.

I'm confused.  What is the problem?  How are binaries on ROM any
different from binaries on a floppy?  All the GPL requires is that the
sources be _available_--you don't actually have to ship them with
every set of ROMs.