On GPL Compliance, Android Tablets Get an ‘F’

There seems to be no stopping the current avalanche of Android tablets, and that’s undoubtedly a good thing for Linux. A shadow was recently cast upon that otherwise sunny landscape, however, in the form of a report examining said tablets’ GPL compliance. “The GPL requires that vendors either provide the source code to the GPL components with the device, or alternatively to provide a written offer to provide the source code upon request,” explained Red Hat employee and Linux kernel developer Matthew Garrett in an analysis of today’s Android tablets.

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