Need help

Abhinay Sinha sinhabhinay at
Thu Jan 18 07:56:39 CET 2007

On 1/17/07, Frank Cusack <fcusack at> wrote:
> On January 17, 2007 2:08:46 PM +0530 Abhinay Sinha <sinhabhinay at>
> wrote:
> > Thanks everybody for helping me in this. I guess I will write a module
> > for freeradius, GPL it, and will send it to the community for
> > inclusion if they like it.
> >
> > I can then keep my NAS server closed. :)
> >
> > Will it be OK then?
> Unfortunately not.
> The GPL doesn't require that you send the original authors your derived
> code.  It requires that if YOU DISTRIBUTE a binary of the GPL code or
> derived code, that YOU DISTRIBUTE the source code at a reasonable cost
> to THOSE PEOPLE that you have distributed the binary to, and without
> restriction (such as limiting them to not be allowed to redistribute)
> except that they may not apply additional restrictions.
> That is, if you create a NAS server which runs freeradius, or code
> derived from freeradius, you must make the freeradius and derived
> code available to the folks whome you sell (or give away) your NAS
> server to.
> But since you're willing to send your module to "us", it shouldn't
> be difficult for you to simply make it available yourself.  You don't
> need to publish it to "the world", just to those who obtain your
> NAS server (if that makes a difference).
> Note that only the freeradius (or other GPL parts) of your NAS server
> need to be redistributed as source.  For example if you create a
> configuration GUI that isn't derived from some GPL source, you need
> not distribute source code for that, even if it modifies configuration
> for GPL software (ie, freeradius).
> -frank
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Thanks :)

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