Fwd: [kde] Possible GPL violation by Armorware inc

Ivor Hewitt ivor at ivor.org
Fri Dec 9 16:49:24 GMT 2005

On Friday 09 December 2005 15:54, Kevin Krammer wrote:
> Hi,
> this just came in on the main user mailinglist.
> Not sure if core-devel is the right place to forward this to. Please send
> it on if it isn't.
Well there's nothing stopping anyone selling knoppix cd's for $495 if 
someone's daft enough to pay it... as long as they don't then disguise the 
product and hide its origin.

> Looks like a nice product, might be worth a look for the marketing guys.
Looks like a nice product??? Which bit?

The user manual you linked, apart from looking like an amateur howto knocked 
up by someone in 15 minutes (for a 495 product?), seems to imply that you 
setup a "secure channel" through some armorware.net server to then read your 
email and access the internet. How the hell is that more secure? If that 
isn't the case then what exactly is this "secure channel" that's been 
created? Doesn't seem to explain that anywhere.

Looks like a smoke - mirrors - magic pixie dust - FUD - marketing gimmick to 
me, rather than a "nice product".

> I have asked the sender if the licence information in the about dialogs is
> still intact. Could be a misunderstanding.
> Cheers,
> Kevin
> ----------  Forwarded Message  ----------
> Subject: [kde] Possible GPL violation by Armorware inc
> Date: Friday 09 December 2005 00:07
> From: hubbelyo <hubbelyo at yahoo.com>
> To: kde at mail.kde.org
> Hi,
> Just wanted to let you know about a company called
> "Armorware" which is selling a bootable CD called
> "Armorware Core v1.4.1" for "only" $485.
> They present this as a revolutionary and ingenious new
> product without any references or credits to KDE or
> such. However, looking in the manual it is obvious
> that this is KDE (plus more).
> I've also tried to ask them about if the source is
> available (if you purchase the product as required by
> the GPL) without receiving any answer.
> URLs
> Homepage: http://www.armorware.net
> Manual  :
> http://www.armorware.net/ATCI/UserManual_v1.4.1.pdf
> Buy page: http://www.armorware.net/ATCI/buy.html
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Ivor Hewitt.

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