[RndTbl] WRT54G Wireless Router firmware
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:
>>> And they are breaking the GPL by refusing to release the source and
>> The source for the released version is available:
> 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
>> 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)...
>> 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.
> Roundtable mailing list
> Roundtable at muug.mb.ca
More information about the Roundtable