|In reply to Comment 17 (Bill Toner):|
>Sure, they've chosen a less convenient way of doing things than other GPL product
> distributors have chosen
There's a simple reason source code is not included: 99.9 % are not interested in the source code.
Putting up the source code now is just additional work. If somebody wants it, write us, and you'll get it. If there wheren't so many nice people who just want the code to piss on our leg, I would probably never have to pack up the source code at all.
The really cool thing is that in all the time we've been active, _I_ personally have never received a request for any U-Boot source code, ever. Neither has Hans-Jörg. So, there's no real interest in getting it, it seems. The only interest seems to be people like our anoynmous troll here who uses interest in the source code as a pretence to drag this issue out again.
Dear anonymous, the idea of the GPL is to allow people to get the source code to make modifications to it. Of course, the license also allows you to request the source code because you want to print it out an use it as toilet paper. However, that's probably not what the inventors have thought of, don't you think ?