This is incredible news. The behemoth Cisco has apparently not been in compliance with the GPL License (in relation to their Linksys routers for one), and one problem after another seems to have been cropping up as the Free Software Foundation (FSF) tried to resolve each one.
Finally, the FSF saw no recourse but to finally file a lawsuit to get them to resolve all of the issues and released a press release to that effect. The FSF gives more details in this article. The complaint filed by the Software Freedom Law Center (who announced the filing on their on site) on behalf of the FSF is also available.
The news is spreading far and wide: already, there are articles in InformationWeek, InternetNews, and NetworkWorld. It’s also already on Slashdot, and a Wikipedia page is aging nicely already. (Side note: it’ll be interesting to see how gnu.org handles the slashdot effect…. but I digress.)
I can’t wait until the folks at Groklaw get their hands on this; will be interesting (and will update with the results when it happens).
Lastly, if you believe in what the FSF has been doing, why not join today?
3 thoughts on “Free Software Foundation Files Suit Against Cisco”
Holy Cow! I guess it had to happen sooner or later. This will be interesting. But, I can’t imagine that FSF would sue on anything less than a “slam dunk”. So, it must stink to be Cisco right now.
Not surprising really.
After that BusyBox vs Monsoon episode a while back, it was only a matter of time before another one.
Thanks for this info…