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A Munich district court agreed with a Linux programmer's contention that Fortinet, a US security appliance maker, must comply with the terms of the General Public License, which governs many open source projects.

The German court has issued a preliminary injunction barring Fortinet from distributing products that include the Linux component "initrd" that programmer Harald Welte helped write.

"Fortinet recently became aware of Mr. Welte's allegations and has, in good faith, been diligently working with him to resolve this matter outside of the German court system. Fortinet is actively taking steps to ensure that its products are compliant with GPL requirements.

Welte has said he doesn't object to corporate use of open-source software; he just wants it to be done properly.

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