MontaVista guarantees license release for embedded Linux

Responding to fears amongst open-source software users, MontaVista is guaranteeing which version of General Public License (GPL) its embedded Linux will be released under.

“Until customers are comfortable with GPL version three, we will limit the version three code in our products,” MontaVista’s general council Jason Wacha told EW.

GPL version three was written in response to loop holes not considered by the open source community 15 years ago when version two was written – for example: version two allows the selling of hardware that will only run the GPL-licensed software supplied with it, and not modified versions of the software.

“We can include version 3 software if it is desirable, or if it is not going into the final product – for example it is a tool,” said Wacha. “We will do a programme by programme analysis.”

See also: Electronics Weekly’s Focus on Mobile Linux, a roundup of content related to the open source operating system shaped for mobile devices.

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