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RE: [bluetooth-dev] Final plans?
We are developing the BT stack for use in our own products. A while back we decided to release the code under GPL for benefit of all users (including ourselves). The code being under GPL means that _anybody_, including you, could take the code as it stands and do whatever improvements they like as long as they keep the GPL if they redistribute it. That means that _if_ for any reason Axis would stop supporting the stack someone else may pick up the code and start another "BT on linux" source with all code that we all have written. Just to clarify though: I can't see any reason for us to stop supporting the code.
Anyway we are not guaranteeing any level of support. OTOH we are not charging anybody for their use either so that's just fair isn't it? ;-)
If someone else is using the BT stack in a commercial product, fine with us as long as they comply with the GPL. We don't make money from software stacks, we want a stack that is as interoperable and bugfree as possible, so it makes perfect sense for us to let others be part of both development and use.
I hope our answers will assure you that there are no reasons to be worried. If you still have questions just drop me an email and I will answer.
Software Engineer, Mobile Internet
AXIS Communications AB
office:+46 31 402138
cell. +46 733 800 665
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gustav Svensson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2000 11:10 AM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [bluetooth-dev] Final plans?
> Me and my boss was discussing the fenomenom Axis-bluetooth-stack
> yesterday. We're standing in the choise betwene Ericsson and
> Axis, both
> for linux. What we discussed was the probabillity wheter Axis would
> supply the finished stack under GNU general public license or if they
> would stop releasing the code when it neared a critical state. A state
> where it soon would be finished and maby even cirtified as a Bluetooth
> product. In his point of view Axis would not chose to show
> the finished
> product to the public to prevent other companies from
> directly copy the
> code and use it in there aplications.
> What the question now asks is as folow:
> Will you leave us, the testers and partly developers behind when you
> endup with a near finished product?
> Or will you carry on and let us taste the sweetnes of a fully
> Bluetooth-compatible stack for Linux as a reward
> for our anoying questions, reported bugs, small fixes and
> gentle addons
> to the package?
> In hope that the open source once again will prevail
> sinserly yours
> Gustav Svensson