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16 October 2009, 11:42

Palm Pre GSM source code now available

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Zoom Palm Pre - now in the UK and with source code
Source: Palm
According to Harald Welte, the source code for the Palm Pre GSM model, currently being sold in Europe is now available from the site. Earlier this week, Welte pointed out that the source code for the new model of the Palm Pre was not available to the public, as it should be to comply with the terms of the GPL. An email to Welte from Palm has now confirmed the availability of the code for WebOS 1.1.2 and 1.1.3.

Welte, co-founder, has thanked Palm for their quick response, but thinks it is "still sad that one has to remind them of it". He hopes that Palm institute an automatic process for source code release. He also clarifies the issue of GPL requirements on source code availability. Welte says that the GPL does not state you have to automatically place code on a web site, but requires a written offer that source code is available. Palm's written offer of source directs users to refer to the Palm open source site, and, Welte reasons, that does require that the source be available on the web site.


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