[svlug] HP's Quickplay - Where's the Source?

Greg Herlein gherlein at herlein.com
Wed Dec 29 23:31:12 PST 2004


Just becaue the kernel is GPL does not mean that HP needs to open
the source to an application that runs on linux.  I would
recommend you go read up on the way Open SOurce licenses work.

Greg

On Wed, 29 Dec 2004, Serban Giuroiu wrote:

> Someone I know recently got a hold of a new HP laptop
> equipped with HP's Quickplay software. This is a
> Linux-based media suite for playing music and DVD's
> without having to boot into another operating system.
> Curious, I wanted to have a look through the source
> code for this product since at least one piece of
> software (the Linux kernel) for certain comes from the
> open-source community, and it is quite natural that
> other open-source software would be included too.
> After searching extensively for any pointers to the
> source, I came out empty-handed. There was no sign of
> it in the Quickplay manual, on HP's web site, Google,
> or on the Quickplay recovery CD. I decided to try and
> contact HP and kindly ask them about the source code.
> On the "Contact HP" page at
> http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/contact_us.html it
> was hard to choose which category I should pick to
> proceed. I finally decided to go to the notebook
> support page for the specific laptop. To complete the
> support request, there were a few fields on the page
> asking for information such as the serial number of
> the laptop. The owner of the machine wants nothing to
> do with this and doesn't want information about his
> laptop being included, so I feel stuck. What is a
> person to do in this situation? Legally and
> rightfully, the source code should be available as the
> kernel is licensed under the GPL, but I haven't been
> able to find it after a thorough search. Any ideas?
>
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