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Today, we were doing a few more work in our office, and drilling a hole to basement, the worker made bullseye on power cable for biometrics terminals.
So I had the chance to watch one of the biometrics terminal boot. What was my surprise when I see on the small LCD a Penguin and the word LINUX.
Well this product is made by ZK-USA, and consulting their site there is some reference to Linux OS.
I didn't had access to the documentation in box but I can't see anything on their website related to GPL. I'm no specialist at GPL, but I will go deep on this tomorrow, related to the papers that came with the hardware to see if they are violating GPL or not.
On the other side at home I bought a wireless multimedia reader, and with the Manual came the GPL and a address to ask for source code if interested. I have to name that company, because I should, it's the French Dane-Elec. Cheers for them, great product and great attitude.
On a world with more and more embedded system I believe all of us should look deeply to what we are buying, if some of us defend FOSS, so let's do it.
Linux GPL don't ask for much money, is just 0$=0€, why a company that profit a lot from free raw material violate GPL?
At the following sites you can find Lists of companies who violate GPL, and the only reason i see is greed.
ffmpeg Hall of Shame
Would you buy stolen goods? It's very easy to verify this before buying, just go for this websites.... And please, participate....