<div>Thanks for your response. Yes I am aware of GPL and I would assume the commerical Linux BIOS distribution would submit the code back to the repo for any fixes/enhancements.</div>
<div class="gmail_quote">On Jan 14, 2008 7:48 PM, Peter Stuge <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:<br>
<blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="PADDING-LEFT: 1ex; MARGIN: 0px 0px 0px 0.8ex; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid">Hi!<br>
<div class="Ih2E3d"><br>On Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 09:26:27PM -0500, Ward Vandewege wrote:<br>> On Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 02:58:07AM +0100, Peter Stuge wrote:<br>> > Note that it's not really legally possible to sell you a firmware
<br>> > based on coreboot<br>><br>> That's not correct. It's perfectly possible and allowed. It's just<br>> that the source also needs be provided (as per the requirements of<br>> the GPL), and that nobody can stop you - the customer - from
<br>> redistributing that source code under the GPL.<br><br></div>Thanks for the correction!<br>
<div class="Ih2E3d"><br><br>> So what Peter is saying here, I think, is that it is difficult to<br>> charge for software under the GPL because your price point can be<br>> undercut quite easily.<br><br></div>Well, no, but that is a good point.
<br><br>I should have been more clear - what I tried (but failed) to explain<br>is that it's not possible to sell a coreboot firmware under any terms<br>like those that traditional BIOS vendors use since their source code
<br>uses a different license.<br><br>I also meant to say that the practical way to "purchase" a coreboot<br>firmware is to hire someone to write the neccessary code, and that<br>code will most likely automatically be GPL and so it should be
<br>contributed back into the project repository - meaning that the<br>paying customer will not get much exclusive in the purchase, except<br>of course bragging rights and whatever customization benefits that<br>come from running coreboot on the particular hardware platform.
<div class="Ih2E3d"><br><br>> > - since coreboot is GPL you are always entitled<br>> > to receive the source code free of charge.<br>><br>> That is actually not 100% correct - see section 6 of the GPL<br>
<br></div>Again - thanks for correcting! I only think online distribution and<br>shall go and sleep now. :)<br><font color="#888888"><br><br>//Peter<br></font>
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