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Author: Ralph Hempel (Guest)
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Martin,

I have an open source projects that I would like to
release skeleton project files for, but based on the
WinARM framework in your projects.

What is the legal status of the AT91 files that you
are distributing with your projects modified for
WinARM?

The headers of the h files say:

//  DISCLAIMER:  THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY ATMEL "AS IS" AND ANY
EXPRESS OR
//  IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
WARRANTIES OF
...
// Generated           : AT91 SW Application Group  01/16/2006
(16:36:06)

But does this really mean they are open source and releasable
by anyone?

And what is the status of the linker scripts and make
files (which are really quite elegant - and I LOVE make)
in your projects?

Can I use them as a framework and release them (with credit of course)
in my own projects?

I'm not trying to pick a fight or throw out flame bait. I
am trying to choose the best framework to build my projects
on and your seems to be the best yet.

Cheers, Ralph

Author: Martin Thomas (Guest)
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Ralph Hempel wrote:
> Martin,
>
> I have an open source projects that I would like to
> release skeleton project files for, but based on the
> WinARM framework in your projects.
>
> What is the legal status of the AT91 files that you
> are distributing with your projects modified for
> WinARM?
>
> The headers of the h files say:
>
> //  DISCLAIMER:  THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY ATMEL "AS IS" AND ANY
> EXPRESS OR
> //  IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
> WARRANTIES OF
> ...
> // Generated           : AT91 SW Application Group  01/16/2006
> (16:36:06)
>
> But does this really mean they are open source and releasable
> by anyone?

This is how I understand this. Atmel provides code on at91.com as
"getting started" code for the AT91 evaluation boards. I have used some
of this code. Sometimes there is nearly nothing left form the orignal
code but I kept the "Atmel-header" as reference and tried to mark my
changes/modifications/extensions in addtion. I don't think they claim
any copyright on this but for a final answer you might ask the Atmel
AT91 SW-group (via e-mail to at91(at)atmel(dot)com).

> And what is the status of the linker scripts and make
> files (which are really quite elegant - and I LOVE make)
> in your projects?

The "WinARM makefile-templates" are free. Most of the linker-scripts
should be marked as free. If you find a copyright with my name please
ask me "off-forum" by e-mail (mthomas(dot)rhrk(dot)uni-kl(dot)de).

> Can I use them as a framework and release them (with credit of course)
> in my own projects?

From my side it's ok to use the "framework" in own projects. Credits
would be nice. The WinARM example-applications are ment as "getting
started" for own projects with the GNU arm-elf-toolchain.

Martin Thomas

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