Setting up a GPL Request for companies in China?

Kenney Phillis kphillisjr at
Mon Nov 8 21:35:04 CET 2010

There's a lot of companies in China which are producing tablets with gnu
source. One of the companies that i know of is Zenithink. I'm wondering
what the best choice is to go about making the gpl source request is for

I already have a list of gpl components, besides the linux kernel
found... the list is as follows:

uboot, glibc, busybox, realtek (gpl), vivante graphics (gpl), and
Marvell (gpl), ffmpeg (lgpl)

All of these elements where found by using the strings command on the
images used to flash a client update, and using grep on the output.

strings u-boot.img | grep U\-Boot -a4

U-Boot 2009.08 (Sep 01 2010 - 14:30:16) for android 1008MHz ddr126 256M
4L fast

strings system.img | grep license\=GPL -a4

This is what revealed:
Marvell International Ltd. ( M-WLAN Driver )
Sololz of InfoTM (gpl driver, don't know what tho)
Vivante Graphics Driver (GPL driver)
realtek wireless driver (multiple samples)

strings system.img | grep BusyBox -i -a4
syslogd started: BusyBox v1.15.2
fsck (busybox 1.15.2, 2010-03-18 15:36:31 CST)

strings system.img | grep \(c\) -i -a4| grep -i busybox -a4 -i

Copyright (C) 1998-2008 Erik Andersen, Rob Landley, Denys Vlasenko
and others. Licensed under GPLv2.
See source distribution for full notice.
Usage: busybox [function] [arguments]...
   or: function [arguments]...

strings system.img | grep gnu\.org

TLS generation counter wrapped!  Please report as described in

strings system.img | grep glibc -i 

This revealed the following, which is nice to know of...

*** glibc detected *** %s: %s: 0x%s ***
glibc 2.9

They have an us distributor...

and here's the company site:

and lastly, they have prior knowledge of this, and they keep ignoring
gpl requests:

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