[RndTbl] WRT54G Wireless Router firmware

Shawn Wallbridge shawn at synack-hosting.com
Wed May 11 17:12:06 CDT 2005

Here is the letter they sent google....



On 11-May-05, at 4:45 PM, Shawn Wallbridge wrote:

> On 11-May-05, at 2:26 PM, Bill Reid wrote:
>> 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:
>> http://www.wrt54g.com/
> Yeah, but that is a MUCH older release.
>>> 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.
> They implemented it in the last release.
>>> 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.
> I don't have a problem with them charging for the support or 
> supporting them to develop it, it's the efforts they are putting into 
> making sure people can't share and then going after people that do 
> share (they ban people from the forums as soon as they share, they 
> have contacted people's ISP's and claimed it violated the DMCA, etc, 
> they even sent Google a cease and desist letter). I will try to find 
> the site I saw earlier that documented the hell they put people 
> through that tried to share.
> shawn
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