Hi, if you combine GNU and non-GNU programs on one disk, you
would have to make sure that the user is informed about the
license of all programs. For the GNU programs, you normally
would provide a copy of the license on the disk, possibly
zipped, possibly as a self-displaying compressed executable,
but my personal opinion is that GNU GPL is so well-known that
it would be enough to put only the short GPL disclaimer on the
disk, along with a pointer to a place in WWW where you can
read the full GPL. If your disk comes with an handbook, you can
put GPL there to save disk space, but I assume your disk has no
handbook. Next item is the source code: Users of GPL software
must be given easy access to the - possibly modified for your
disk - sources. It is enough to put a pointer to a place in WWW,
preferrably the homepage of your disk, for that. If you only
would tell people "sources are somewhere out there", then the
access to the sources could get lost when the original homepage
Apart from that, combining non-GNU and GNU programs on one disk
is no problem - it would only be a problem to modify GNU programs
for something and then publish the modified program but refuse to
give users access to the source modifications.
Some router manufacturers have done that in the past, but usually got
convinced to make their patches publicly available or available on a
disk which is shipped with the router.
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