[RndTbl] WRT54G Wireless Router firmware

Bill Reid billreid at shaw.ca
Wed May 11 14:26:18 CDT 2005

Shawn Wallbridge wrote:
> On 11-May-05, at 9:18 AM, Bill Reid wrote:
>> Here is a company that is trying to make money at producing
>> the firmware:
>> http://www.sveasoft.com/
> And they are breaking the GPL by refusing to release the source and 

The source for the released version is available:

> They have also implemented a mechanism that locks a specific download of 
> the firmware to a specific router (by MAC and serial number).
I have not seen this. I run the same binary on two routers.

> Here is a slashdot article (I can't find the other site I read about a 
> bunch of this stuff)...
> http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/07/21/2255239

A comment from the Slashdot article: "The  thread summary at DSLReports only 
makes it clear that this is all very complicated." I agree it is not as open as 
other projects.

The $20/yr is for support and access to the pre-release version of the software.
The debate is whether they have to release the source for the pre-release. Isn't 
this sort of like what sendmail and ghostscript are doing?

I have no problems supporting their effort.

-- Bill

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