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Asus eeePC violates GPL spirit

Members of the Linux community have complained that the hot new sub-notebook from Asus, the eeePC, may have violated the spirit of the Linux General Public License (GPL). Some Linux advocates claim the eeePC has not included required source code with the installed Xandros Linux distribution and does not easily enable users to install another distro. However, there are indications that eeePC fans probably don’t care.

The Asus eeePC has been hailed widely as a breakthrough product that could finally succeed in markedly increasing the penetration of Linux in the consumer computing marketspace. However, some Linux purists are upset that the eeePC uses Xandros, a Debian-based distribution which charges license fees and has a similar patent protection agreement with Microsoft to the one signed 12 months ago by Novell.

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Asus, eeePC, Laptop, Notebook, GPL, Linux, Open-Source, Open Source

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