Do you remember the VMware source code infringement case many years ago? After the lawsuit was repeatedly rejected by the court, the plaintiff, Christopher Helwig, a famous Linux developer, recently decided not to appeal because he thought it was no longer meaningful.
In 2006, Christopher Helwig discovered that Linux source code was used in VMware ESX bare metal virtual machine (VM) hypervisor in violation of GPL license. Christopher with the help of the Software Freedom Protection Association in 2015VMware suedIn 2016,Court dismissedChristopher appealed, but was eventually dismissed.
The core of the lawsuit is that Hypervisor vSphere VMware ESXi 5.5.0 violates the open source licensing protocol GPL used by Linux.
Linux is open source based on GPL, while VMware ESXi 5.5.0 uses Linux kernel source code. Christopher found that although VMware has open source vmklinux components based on GPL, there are no open source related hypervisor components, that is to say, VMware infringes.
After the second appeal was rejected by the court, the court proceededZDNet Report
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