GPL vs. Skype back in court


UPDATE: Skype has withdrawn their appeal and accepted the original judgment.

Tomorrow the High District Court of Munich will hear Skype argue against the validity of the GPL. Last June, the court issued an injunction against Skype for selling the SMC WSKP 100, a Linux-based WiFi VoIP phone. After the initial GPL violation, a flier with the URL for the source was added to the package. The GPL wasn’t provided and the court found this insufficient for fulfilling the requirements of the GPL. Skype is appealing and claims that the GPL as a whole violates anti-trust regulation. The case against Skype was brought by OpenMoko‘s original system architect, Harald Welte, as part of his work for gpl-violations.org.

SIP for the SMC WSKP100


[sprite_tm] made my morning by sending in his latest work. After opening up his new SMC WSKP100 (Skype wifi phone) to identify the hardware differences, he managed to shrink a flash image from the SMCWSP100 to fit on his new toy. Then he spent some time hacking the kernel from the former to work on his phone. The result? A SIP operational phone that’ll connect to his asterix server at half the price of SMC’s official SIP phone.