Overview of License Compliance in the Network Attached Storage Market

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Linux is widely deployed as the kernel for NAS devices. And, since most NAS devices support SMB, Samba is also frequently found inside these devices.

Thus, the NAS market is the bleeding edge of FLOSS license compliance. Specifically, it is the first time in history that GPLv3’d software is widely deployed and distributed. Conservancy has already engaged in substantial enforcement work in NAS devices, and continues to monitor it and raise enforcement actions on behalf of its Samba member project.

This talk provides an overview of how NAS GPL violations typically occur and are resolved. Details of compliance differ from the broader embedded device Linux market, both because of Samba’s frequent presence under GPLv3 but also because the low-end and the high-end NAS markets differ greatly. Come to learn differences and learn how to ensure your device complies with copyleft.

Learning Objectives:
1. What are the most common copyleft license violations in NAS?
2. What are the basics I need to know to make sure my company’s devices comply with copyleft licenses?
3. How can participation in upstream copyleft communities aid in my product development?

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