Request for Clarification: proprietary SSH server from Tectia
squinky86 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 16:07:02 CEST 2010
I received the following email from Tectia and sent them the following
reply. Please let me know if I'm doing this right.
To the best of my knowledge, the issue of the GNU General Public License
(GPL) should be of no concern as you work with the Tectia evaluation
software. You will find no information in our documentation regarding the
GNU GPL as there has never been a requirement for it. GNU is an open-source
software and you can read all about it in more detail, including GPL and
GPL-related questions, at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html
In the meantime, however, Jonathan, I will pose your questions/concerns to
Tectia R&D for any additional information they might be able to provide.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to recommend your software to my company.
Even if GPL code is contained only in the evaluation version of your
product, it is still being distributed without a license or source code for
those components. This is a direct violation of the GPL that you linked to.
Additionally, the GPL license was not made available to me in your
documentation. For more information, please see
http://gpl-violations.org/faq/vendor-faq.html and I encourage your software
to become compliant with the documentation there. Please join the mailing
list and ask questions from the friendly developers and legal minds
available on the mailing list. I also encourage you to read the license that
you linked to in your reply.
Sincere thanks for replying to my requests, and I hope to evaluate your
software again in the future. It worked well for our needs, but I can't
ethically recommend software that I believe may contain copyright
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