There’s some good news from Asus today, in the form of a press release on their blog:
“ASUSTek is committed to meet the requirements of the GNU General Public License
The open source code for EeePC is available here. To download the source code of all open source software packages that are included in the product, follow the steps listed below.
- Select your Eee PC product model from the list below to download the source code library at: http://support.asus.com/download/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
The source code found here is complete to the best of Asus’s knowledge. If you believe any additional source code files should be provided under the applicable open source license, please contact Asus at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide in detail the product or code module in question. Asus is committed to meeting the requirements of the open source licenses including the GNU General Public License.”
There has been a fair amount of discussion in the EEE community about Asus’ position on the source code, with some suggesting that it was never going to be released. Others were more tolerant and moderate in their opinions, suggesting that it was a slight delay, but that Asus would comply shortly – it looks as if this latter group was absolutely right.