Acer Fails Again to Deliver Proper GPL Compliant Source Code for Android Devices


Staff member
Jul 9, 2010
Detailed here: Froyo Kernel Source Code - Android @ MoDaCo

Acer has failed again to deliver proper GPL sources for the Acer Liquid / Liquid E, this time for its Android 2.2 release on the Liquid E.

According to one of the posters, Acer is in violation of the GPL:
The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for making modifications to it. For an executable work, complete source code means all the source code for all modules it contains, plus any associated interface definition files, plus the scripts used to control compilation and installation of the executable. However, as a special exception, the source code distributed need not include anything that is normally distributed (in either source or binary form) with the major components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the operating system on which the executable runs, unless that component itself accompanies the executable.

Acer just doesn't have this together. We can't expect any better of them with future tablets either.