[Arm-netbook] Allwinner git / GPL stalemate situation

Carlos Balseiro myhateisblind at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 1 12:12:22 BST 2012

I hope FSF, as copyright holder iirc from most of the linux kernel, start to take action against this kind of actitude so common in chinese SoC developers.

-----Original Message-----

From: Tsvetan Usunov, OLIMEX LTD
Sent: 1 Jun 2012 11:05:14 GMT
To: Linux on small ARM machines
Subject: [Arm-netbook]  Allwinner git / GPL stalemate situation

Olimex will be granted to access to Allwinner development git repositories
if we sign NDA which do not allow us to share the sources with 3rd parties.

Now we are in stalemate situation if we want to develop the Linux support
for A10-A13-OLinuXino we have to use the information on these repositories
as the other documentation is incomplete, we spoted lot of errors on it (but
we have been warned that there are errors anyway) and only these sources
guarantee that we will not lose time while development, in other hand
signing this NDA will make us GPL violator as we will not be able to release
the BSP sources.

Any ideas? We are so smallish customer that we can't influence
Allwinner/Wits on GPL at all. If we do not sign, they just do not allow us
access and we are free to go somewhere else :-)


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