A question about the license of rtems
timcussins at eml.cc
Fri Sep 26 10:12:35 UTC 2008
On Friday 26 September 2008 10:47:37 PowerMan wrote:
> I am developing a security production using rtems.
> because of the GPL license of rtmes, I should share the
> source code.
RTEMS license is not exactly GPL - it's GPL with an exception:
> but the production is designed to solve security problem.
> Opening the source would make the production useless.
> Bad people could crack our system easily.
> So, I make rtems to a library, my key code to another lib.
> Then I link them together to produce the final execution.
> Need I open the key code?
No. Unless your app ('key') code uses a license that imposes further
restrictions, like pure GPL or LGPL.
Here's a link to the RTEMS mailing list archive - the thread is a recent
discussion that clarifies the motivation for, and implications of this
This followup makes an important point about using GPL libs that have been
ported/verified on RTEMS, but are not included in the main distribution.
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