2X has indeed been in communication with Cendio. We have received 1 email in
November and sent our due reply, as well as had a phone call with Per.
Beyond that, no further communication was received from Cendio. There was
most definitely no 'constant communication' and no written communication
=46act of the matter is, that it was made clear to Cendio, that 2X does not
maintain, nor market the DOSrdp and Linrdp products and does not currently
have access to the source code. After that communication nothing was heared
It is clear that Cendio is trying to put its competitors in a bad light
under the 'GPL' banner. 2X objects to this kind of 'self promotion'. Its sad
to see a company trying to compete in this under hand manner.
Notwithstanding, 2X has conctacted Terminalsoft for a response to the matter
and requested they obtain the source code to Linrdp and publish it as per
Raphael Borg Ellul Vincenti
2X - http://www.2x.com
Developers of Thin client computing software
2X ThinClientServer - Appserver - LoadBalancer - SecureRDP
On Tuesday 31 January 2006 13:19, Peter =C5strand wrote:
> For Immediate Release
> Link=F6ping, Sweden - Jan 30. 2006 -- Cendio AB has uncovered a GPL
> violation by 2X Software Ltd, a UK based company selling thin-client
> products. 2X violates the GPL by not providing source code to two of
> its products LinRDP and DOSRDP.
> These former products were acquired into 2X Software Ltd when it
> merged with Terminal-Services.net, and although they are not
> advertised on 2X' web site, the GPL demands that the source code is
> made available up to 3 years after they are released (GPL, paragraph
> LinRDP and DOSRDP are derived from rdesktop, an application that
> allows users on Linux and UNIX to connect to Windows using the RDP
> protocol. rdesktop is covered by the GPL license, which allows
> vendors to extend and market applications that are covered by it.
> However it also requires the vendor to provide the full corresponding
> source code and a copy of the full license text.
> The rdesktop team discovered the GPL violation more than 2 years ago.
> Cendio AB, the vendor of the thin client product ThinLinc, has been in
> constant communication with 2X Software Ltd during the last 3 months
> without being able to come to a fruitful resolution. Instead,
> Terminal-Services.net and then later 2X Software Ltd has refused to
> provide the source code to LinRDP and DOSRDP although they build upon
> rdesktop (see http://www.cendio.com/linrdp-dosrdp/ for proof).
> Peo Moosberg, the CEO of Cendio AB says: "Despite being in contact
> with 2X Software Ltd for a long time, we have not been able to resolve
> this issue. It's sad to see that players like 2X Software Ltd don't
> play by the rules. This will undermine the community and make it
> harder for the honest companies to continue to deliver their products
> and services."
> Cendio AB has contributed a number of features and extensions to
> rdesktop, among them improved support for national keyboards, support
> for sound and support for cut & paste. Two of the developers at
> Cendio AB are part of the rdesktop core team.
> About Cendio AB
> Cendio AB, a Swedish privately owned company, is a leading vendor for
> thin-client solutions based on Linux and Open Source. Cendio AB
> develops and markets ThinLinc and has contributed code to a number of
> open source projects, among them rdesktop, TightVNC, hiveconf, Esound,
> Wine, Python and UNFS3.
> About 2X Software Ltd
> 2X Software Ltd is a UK based, privately owned company developing
> software for the server-based computing market. 2X develops and
> markets 2X ThinClientServer for Windows and Linux.
> For more information, please contact our Chief Developer:
> Peter =C5strand
> Telephone: +46 (0)13 - 21 46 00
> E-mail: peter.astrand@...
> 2X Software Ltd: http://www.2x.com/
> rdesktop: http://www.rdesktop.org/
> ThinLinc: http://www.cendio.com/products/thinlinc