rtl-sdr licensing question

Scott Cutler scott at scottcutler.net
Fri Feb 28 22:23:24 UTC 2014

Fair enough.  I will keep the distributions totally independent.  Thanks
again for the advice!


On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM, Sylvain Munaut <246tnt at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> > I only have one small question, which is the exact treatment of
> auto-install
> > mechanisms.  I was hoping to use a auto-downloader to make the
> installation
> > process easier.  Do you consider it problematic if I use the
> auto-downloader
> > to grab the SDRIO installer and execute it (not individual drivers, but
> > rather the installer as a whole)?
> Yes, it's a problem.
> > It seems strange to me that there should
> > be a difference between a user manually clicking a download link and
> running
> > a program versus the program downloading automatically, but I understand
> > that this is a gray area.
> If the process was automatic, there would effectively be no difference
> between shipping it with it directly and so this is clearly a
> circumvention mechanism by which you try to "work around" the GPL to
> achieve the same result as distributing both component as a whole.
> The entire point of the GPL is to give "an edge" / "an advantage" to
> software that are also GPL. Hence forcing the application to be less
> practical, more of a burden to the user if it's not GPL is a
> _design_goal_ ...
> Cheers,
>     Sylvain
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