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ASUS Offered Eee Source Code to Comply with GPL

After catching a significant amount of ire for possibly violating the GNU General Public License, ASUS admitted its fault, apologized, and offered the complete sources for download, including the much-demanded asus_acpi module and kernel sources.

The source is “complete to the best of ASUS‘s knowledge” and includes an invitation for further corrections to be sent to the company if more sources are required. Unfortunately for some hopeful individuals, the Eee’s WiFi driver is not licensed under the GPL, and as such remains available in “binary blob” format only.

ASUS also announced the upcoming release of a software development kit specifically designed for the Eee. While the Eee can run standard Linux (or Windows XP, if you’ve installed it yourself) applications, the Eee’s small 800×480 resolution and unique hardware means that the user experience is often subpar. ASUS has not offered a release date for the SDK, only requesting that interested users “Please check back soon at eeepc.asus.com for more information in the upcoming weeks.”

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Asus, eeePC, GPL, Open-Source, Open Source, SDK, Desktop, PC

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