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Checking For GPL Compliance, When the Code Is Embedded 75

Posted by timothy
from the thank-you-bruce-perens-for-busybox dept.
Excerpting from ComputerWorld UK, ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes with word of what sounds like a very cool tool: "Open source software is everywhere these days. In particular, Linux is being used increasingly to power embedded systems of all kinds. That's good, but it's also a challenge, because the free software used in such products may not always be compliant with all the licences it is released under, notably the GNU GPL. For companies that sell such embedded systems using open source, it can be hard even finding out what exactly is inside, let alone whether it is compliant. Enter the new Binary Analysis Tool."
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Checking For GPL Compliance, When the Code Is Embedded

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  • by publiclurker (952615) on Saturday April 17, 2010 @10:27AM (#31881526)
    Of course, there are also people who enjoy reading machine code dumps with their morning coffee. Tools like this simple help them to know where to concentrate there efforts.
  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AusIV (950840) on Saturday April 17, 2010 @10:32AM (#31881556)

    I agree. Many people view open source software as a better alternative to pirated software. Also worth noting: pirating commercial software lets the business keep mindshare. Adobe doesn't pursue students who pirate Photoshop because they would rather hook kids on photoshop so they'll buy it later than see them get adapt to a cheaper (or open source) alternative and never become a customer. The same is true for Windows: Microsoft would rather see people pirate Windows than switch to Linux; at least that way they keep the mindshare.

    In general, I think piracy is as much an enemy of open source software as it is commercial software. There could be people who oppose software piracy but support movie and music piracy, but I think very often people take the same stance on piracy across the board.

  • by pseudonomous (1389971) on Saturday April 17, 2010 @01:37PM (#31882566)
    It's not at all like DRM, it's a forensics tool. DRM takes your file/software/whatever and asks "is this an authorized copy? should I let the user access/run this file?", this software looks at software that's already been compiled and is being used and determines if it likely came from known source code. Nor is this tool limited to use with open source software, it's just that tool itself is open-source.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.

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