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Licensing and Condition 3

Posted by Çağlar Akyüz on March 1, 2007
Hi,

I'm working on a commerical project. In this project, I need to distribute my FreeRTOS project in object form, then I will compile and link some extensions, which are not provided by me;users of my device/app will create them, against my FreeRTOS project. In my FreeRTOS projects, I have some application software which will not be OpenSource. Of course, I'm going to distribute FreeRTOS part of my source code but not the other part. I know that FreeRTOS uses a modified GPL but the 3rd contidition is somehow cloudy for me:

FreeRTOS is under a modified GPL license provided that;
...
3. The combined work is not itself a library intended for linking into other software applications


Does this mean that I can not distribute my project?

Thanks
Caglar AKYUZ

RE: Licensing and Condition 3

Posted by Richard on March 1, 2007
> Hi,
>
> I'm working on a commerical project. In this project, I need to distribute my
> FreeRTOS project in object form, then I will compile and link some extensions,

You are doing the compilation...rather than providing a library that your users will compile against....

> which are not provided by me;users of my device/app will create them, against
> my FreeRTOS project. In my FreeRTOS projects, I have some application software
> which will not be OpenSource. Of course, I'm going to distribute FreeRTOS part
> of my source code but not the other part. I know that FreeRTOS uses a modified
> GPL but the 3rd contidition is somehow cloudy for me:
>
> FreeRTOS is under a modified GPL license provided that;
> ...
> 3. The combined work is not itself a library intended for linking into other
> software applications

This clause is in place to protect the open source nature of the kernel code itself.

>
>
> Does this mean that I can not distribute my project?

Not necessarily - but I need to find out more about your app. We have in the past provided special terms. Can you write to me directly on r (dot) barry [at] freertos.org then we can discuss details a bit more.

Regards.


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