On behalf of the Rockbox developers, I'm very pleased to announce that Rockbox 3.6 has just been released!

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Created by mick 6 years 25 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 25 weeks ago
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benasselstine's picture


6 years 25 weeks 20 hours 45 min ago



The license for this self-proclaimed "open source" project is not listed in their FAQ, and it's not shown on their home page. Their source archive is a 24MB 7zip file. There are 30+ manuals. There's no COPYING file in the root of their svn repository. The boilerplate in a random sampling of source files appears to be GPLv2+. Also, the introduction in one of the manuals I checked stated it is released under the GPL.
Rockbox is free software.

DeadSuperHero's picture


6 years 25 weeks 13 hours 11 min ago



According to Wikipedia, Rockbox is licensed under the GPL. Yes, they make the mistake of calling themselves "open source" rather than "Free Software", it happens a lot nowadays.

Still, it's GPL'ed, and it's a fantstic project.

spanky's picture


6 years 20 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago


I just really, really hate

projects that don't state their license very clearly. Makes one think there's something shady going on.

Preferably the license should be prominently mentioned on the front page of a project and definitely in COPYING in the tarball.

I can't start to count how many emails I have sent over this issue to various authors over the years.