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AnthraX Linux Kernels Remain Closed Source

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Published on 02 January 2014 03:06 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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AnthraX, a kernel used by some for their mobile Android devices as an alternative to the stock kernels or those from other open-source Android projects for reportedly offering better performance and functionality, is still refusing to release the kernel's source-code even though it's based on the Linux kernel and subject to the terms of the GPL.

AnthraX and the other kernels by its developers still thwart the GPL license of their Linux kernel by requiring users to sign-up to download the kernel after being "authorized" to download the file. By not widely releasing the AnthraX kernels to the public but trying to make itself a "private organization" and "internally" distributing the compiled kernel binaries via the project web-site, they go without releasing the kernel source-code while claiming GPL compliance -- if they technically aren't distributing the compiled kernel.

The issue has been brought up in months prior at GPL-Violations.org but to no avail. The lead AnthraX developer doesn't want to give out his kernel's source code reportedly over concern of other developers taking credit for his improvements and work on the kernel. There's also been claims that the kernels incorporate code that's under NDA from vendors.

Eric Appleman, an open-source developer long crusading against the project, pointed out in a new kernel mailing list thread this week about the AnthraX developers still proceeding without providing the source-code to this "private" kernel. There's also links in that mailing list thread to some of the recent Google+ posts, for those interested in some light reading this holiday week.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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