Bad Nelson?

Update: Sveasoft’s gone further than I thought in trying to work around the GPL. It’m not sure it was the case when I first commented on Nelson’s post, but these days I can’t disagree with his assessment.

Nelson’s Weblog: tech / good / hyperWRT

This is rich.

Nelson slams Sveasoft, who makes an improvement to the GPLed firmware for linksys routers as “assholes, trying to sell the GPL code for money.”

Nevermind the relevant details, namely that:
1. The GPL doesn’t prevent people from selling deriviatives of GPLed software, provided they provide the derived source code to their customers.

2. Sveasoft provides the derived source code to their customers.

3. Sveasoft’s particular approach to getting paid for selling GPLed software was actually reviewed and found complaint by the FSFs compliance manager.