3Com's GNU software theft

3Com's GNU software theft

3com has flat out stolen GNU code and included it in the 3Com NBX 100 aginst the license of the programs. They have included GNU Zip, GNU Tar and the non-GNU IMAP Toolkit.

These three programs are included in the core of the NBX's only running program. Its a several meagbyte program that is staticly linked in a.out format.

The license terms of the IMAP Tool kit can allow for private ageements betweeen The University of Washington and 3Com however my research indicates no such agreement currently exists and their term #7 prohibits 3Com's current action.

The GNU Zip and GNU Tar programs are covered under the GNU GPL.

How can one verify this is true? Ask an NBX 100 or look at the images. You can FTP the "vxWorks" program from an NBX 100 using standard ftp tools by logging in as the administrator. On a unix computer, strings vxWorks will show you a large amount of text that is in the program. One of these lines will read " This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version."

Here are instructions to verify these claims.

This proves that the some GNU code is included inside the vxWorks program and that is in violation of the GNU license agreement.

The following is what GNU requests for licence violations



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