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Tomato License?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by JensG, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. JensG

    JensG Network Guru Member

    I got a License question from someone when I recommended Tomato in a danish VOIP forum.

    When reading the WIKI
    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Tomato_Firmware#Licensing
    it says:
    "While the core source code is licensed under GPLv2, the source code for the user interface is under a more restrictive license which forbids use without the author's permission."

    What exactly does that mean? I read it as it only addresses the source code, and not the compiled firmware. Am I right?
     
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    It means the author, Jon, doesn't want his user interface stolen and copies with minor branding changes passed off as someone elses work/product. I believe dd-wrt is even more restrictive with encryption to prevent changes to the UI - the author has a revenue stream in producing custom versions for organisations that he needs to protect.

    I do not find it an issue with Tomato, as it is under active development by the original author, and it is fine with me that he retains all rights to the distinctive Tomato branding (note provision is made for the user to change the style sheets and to add extra web pages). Should he ever get bored and give up further development I hope he would consider changing the license to gift it to the opensource community.
     

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