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Open Source Researcher Alerts Cisco to GPL Issue

January 20, 2007
at 12:00 pm PST

Last week, an open-source software researcher, Armijn Hemel, a consultant with Loohuis Consulting, alerted some bloggers and other media about one of our iPhone models (WIP300) not being compliant with the GNU general public license. Cisco has thoroughly investigated the information Mr. Hemel brought to our attention related to the Cisco iPhone WIP300 model as reported. Based on our investigation, Cisco is taking steps to resolve a single issue raised regarding this product’s compliance with the GNU General Public License, or GPL. Cisco has thoroughly investigated the other issues raised and verified the product’s compliance with the GPL. We thank Mr. Hemel for apprising us of this matter and we encourage others in the open-source community to continue working with Cisco in these important areas of research and development. Compliance with open standards is very important to us and we will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure we are meeting the requirements of open source licenses we use.

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  1. Well, I hope this ‘single issue’ covers all GPL issues due to Ciscos use of flash, fwupg, gdbserve, phone, and webconfig in this Iphone. The issue: no GPL code is made avaliable yet, nor is there any mentioning of use of GPL code by Cisco.How long this resolvement will take? John Earnhardt makes it look like a week. However Cisco (Linksys) new about this issue since October 2006! And they have known from the start they use GPL software. 3 months of investigation for this was needed by Cisco? This was not even the first time Linksys failed to comply with GPL. I remember a few years back the same problem with the whole WRT54 (wireless)router range. And also then the outside world had to shake the tree and wait and wait.

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