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BusyBox Developers and Supermicro Agree to End GPL Lawsuit

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The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that an agreement has been reached to dismiss the GNU General Public License (GPL) enforcement lawsuit filed by SFLC against Super Micro Computer, Inc. on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox.

As a result of the plaintiffs agreeing to dismiss the lawsuit and offering to reinstate Supermicro's rights to distribute BusyBox under the GPL, Supermicro has agreed to appoint an Open Source Compliance Officer within its organization to monitor and ensure GPL compliance, to publish the complete and corresponding source code for the version of BusyBox it previously distributed, and to undertake substantial efforts to notify previous recipients of BusyBox from Supermicro of their rights to the software under the GPL. The settlement also includes an undisclosed amount of financial consideration to compensate the plaintiffs.

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