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Old 06-03-2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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xbox GPL Violation?


Here's something interesting I discovered...

Having torn apart my xbox for the sake of modding it and putting some linux on there, I happened to notice that the stock hard drive is actually equipped with linux swap partitions. This clearly explains (at least somewhat) how xbox games can run on low-end hardware, but I was curious if this violates the GPL somehow.

Of course, given the kind of cash and legal team Redmond has at its fingertips, I would think that they've figured out a legal way to do this (if it was even illegal to begin with). Either way, I think its interesting to see linux swap partitions come with stock xbox hd's.
 
Old 06-04-2005, 05:52 AM   #2
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When you say "a linux swap partition", do you mean a partition name "/swap" or an ext3/reiserfs partition? The name "/swap" is not covered inder the GPL.
 
Old 06-04-2005, 07:45 AM   #3
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What part of it are you thinking is in conflict with the GPL?
 
Old 06-04-2005, 12:40 PM   #4
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I was actually installing Slackware on the stock xbox hd and fdisk detected 2 linux swap partitions prior to any changes being made (type 82 in the fdisk partition menu).

I have no idea if this is a GPL issue or not, but I thought it was a little odd to see linux partitions on a stock xbox hd and I thought (probably incorrectly) it was possible.

I'm sorry if my subject was a bit misleading, but that question mark is there on purpose.
 
Old 06-04-2005, 02:56 PM   #5
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It is not a GPL violation to distribute linux swap partitions in a commercial product. Swap partitions are not a binary.

Much different is to see if the firmware/software thing that reads and writes to/from the swap partitions has been taken from the Linux kernel... THAT would be a real GPL violation.

I'd like to see if it has been noticed somewhere else. I googled a bit, but I found nothing...
 
Old 06-04-2005, 03:01 PM   #6
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Old 06-04-2005, 05:52 PM   #7
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I would love to see how an audit of Windows code, or Microsoft code in general would fare when it comes to gpl violations.
 
Old 06-04-2005, 06:00 PM   #8
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I would love to see how an audit of Windows code, or Microsoft code in general would fare when it comes to gpl violations.
Nah, I'm sure most of their OS has BSD code in it.. which they don't have to show to anyone.. and its within the license too..
 
Old 06-05-2005, 06:34 PM   #9
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Put it this way: there weren't any loud noises about GPL contravention when the Windows 2000 source was leaked.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 02:00 AM   #10
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Put it this way: there weren't any loud noises about GPL contravention when the Windows 2000 source was leaked.
Most developers and users of GPL code wouldn't touch an illegal Microsoft code download with a ten-foot pole so the fact that there was no noise proves nothing.

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