[conspire] DD-WRT vs. OpenWrt

Nick Moffitt nick at zork.net
Fri Dec 11 01:58:53 PST 2009

Rick Moen:
> Quoting Grant Bowman (grantbow at gmail.com):
> > What do you think about the eight alleged GPL violations?
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dd-wrt
> Yeah, saw that very recently.  What is it about embedded software
> people?  Don't they ever learn?

Bradley Kuhn has noticed evolving trends over the years:

> [...] the typical violation in those days was a third-party vendor
> incorporating some GNU tools into their products, for use on some Big
> Iron Unix. This was the age of the violating backup product; we saw
> frequently backup products that violated the GPL on GNU tar in those
> days.
> As times changed, and computers got truly smaller, the embedded
> Unix-like system was born. GNU/Linux and (more commonly) BusyBox/Linux
> were the perfect solutions for this space. 

Though the great song return no more
There's keen delight in what we have:
The rattle of pebbles on the shore
Under the receding wave.  -- W. B. Yeats

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