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If you install LinSpot on your AirPort equipped network, it will turn that into a hotspot.Customers who drive by or your neighbors can connect to the Internet for a low fee. And that fee goes to you!You can still give unlimited free access to your friends. All online payments are handled through PayPal and processed through secure end-to-end encryption.In fact, it works with any WiFi router and even behind a Firewall doing Network Address Translation (NAT) and it auto-configures itself.

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Anonymous
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I have now downloaded linspot several times on differnet mac's and have always come with the same problem when trying to install it. It always reports back that there has been a problem please try again, now it is more than likely something I'm doing wrong but try to get support on it - no response at all to emails.

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Version 1.0.2
Brian Williams Member IconComment+0
Brian Williams
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Help!!! Tried to install linspot on a G4 and a linksys router, couln't keep an address from my ISP. So I uninstalled it (deleted linspot from Apps and restarted). Now it acts like a dhcp server is running on my system, I keep getting the address 192.168.1.11 on my 'built in ether' and its plugged directly to my cable modem, airport is off so I'm not getting this address from my router. Please email me hootdogg@mac.com with help /trouble shooting. Activity monitor didn't show anything out of the ordinary.

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Version 1.0.2
Ned Scott Member IconComment+71
Ned Scott
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I think the way one could see this as legal is, they're not reselling the connection, they're "splitting the bill" with their.... "room mates".

I think this is an awesome idea, and even my silly explination might have something to it. if I pay $30 for internet service, and I decided to share it for $0.50/day to people in the area, just one person would split the bill.

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Version 1.0.2
Eric Wolff Member IconComment+0
Eric Wolff
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Nearly every broadband user agreement includes language on not reselling your connection (even giving it away is against the agreement of many cable companies, notably Time Warner Cable). Doesn't Linspot violate that?

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Version 1.0
hgoor
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>Comment by Eric Wolff
>: Nearly every broadband user agreement
>includes language on not reselling your
>connection (even giving it away is
>against the agreement of many cable
>companies, notably Time Warner Cable). >Doesn't Linspot violate that? (3/10/2004,
>Version: 1.0)

Well the program doesn't do anything on its own: its the person operating that might be in violation....

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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This functionality is perfectly legal and ethical. It SHOULD only be used by small businesses (book stores & cafes) or residential users with services similar to :
http://speakeasy.net/residential

Jasper Nuyens Member IconComment+0
Jasper Nuyens
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Hi there,

I noticed the comment about the GPL license.

Being involved in the Linux community since the very beginning (1993), having founded a Linux User Group, Linux Companies (Life and LinuxBe) and been European Director of VA Linux Systems Inc., this is something very important to me.
Aside from that, I'm also a GNU/Debian user and Mac user since 1985.

I value the GPL a lot and think it's the best thing what ever came to the computer industry. It brings the fun back to development. I have contributed myself a lot to the GPL and its growth, in the past and also today.

We have considered to release our code under the GPL, but have choosen to not do that (yet?).
We value our work a lot and have spend considerable efforts to protect our work from copycats.

The GPL just didn't seem to be the best License for LinSpot, right now. The current license is: free to use. But it's possible we change that in the future, as I said; I like the GPL.

But I would like to clarify a few things.
First of all, Apache has a specific Apache License, which you might want to check out at http://www.apache.org
Secondly, LinSpot comes bundled with Apache and serveral other OpenSource tools (with various licenses, among them also some under the GPL).
Last but not least, LinSpot also brings tribute to these projects and the OpenSource community as a whole.

But onto the legal stuff:

The GPL states that if you have the right to change the source code and then redistribute, provided that you release the changes under the same license. That's probably what you had in mind when you wrote your statement.
The GPL states also, that you have the right to redistribute the software without any modifications.

LinSpot depends to work on the fact that the OpenSource applications are there, just as the GNU licenced bash shell (and several other packages) comes together with the MacOS X operating system.

Apple doesn't see the need to modify bash in any way, and Apple doesn't feel the necessity to release the entire MacOS X under the GPL.
Apple just uses her right to redistribute GNU bash together with it's own software.

With LinSpot this is exactly the same thing: LinSpot uses for its magic the applications Apache, Squid, DHCP, DNS, GNU wget, GNU bash and so on...

LinSpot didn't see the need to change the source code of these applications whatsoever.
They come bundled with LinSpot, yes, and LinSpot dynamically changes the configurations of them.
LinSpot has done no source code modifications to any of these projects. All the magic takes place into our completely from scratch written software.

We just use these applications to do what they're good at. But as seperate applications (they don't show up as different double-clickable items because of the way how Apple represents the Filesystem in the Finder - if it wasn't for the MacOS X finder, there would have been another folder visible, that will of course be the case in the Windows and Linux versions of LinSpot).

Feel free to have a look inside and verify that for yourself.

You can look at it in this way:
Behind the LinSpot logo in the Applications folder is a 30Mb mini-Linux distribution. Just as Red Hat and SUSE, we have a non-GPL license for the entire package (like SUSE, our license means 'free to use').

Hope this clarifies things for you!

If you want to know more about the internals of LinSpot and how it works, you can email me directly at jnuyens at linspot.com

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Anonymous
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you don't state any solid reasons aside from thinking that you "might" release your source code at a later date. you also state that you don't want copycats. i'm sorry but isn't it illegal to try and monopolize an industry? so off the bat your legally treading on thin ice. plus your using open source applications in support of your products which, although it doesn't explicitly state it, does fall under the GPL.

Jthunder
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Jasper. I installed it on mac mini under Snow Leopard..

I have a Apple Airport Time Capsule 500GB. I turned off Security to "None". However, under internet, there is no choice just to turn off DHCP. I have to Set Connection Sharing to "Off" which means Bridge mode. That turns off both DHCP and NAT. I have no way turning off DHCP only. I also set the SSID to LinSpot, Seems it is what is shown on your setup guide. I setup the mac mini address to manual (static) using what was shown on the DHCP address info (IP, mask, dns, etc).

- The mac mini where the LinSpot is installed is rj45 wired connected to the Airport Capsule.
- After installating LinSpot, double click LinSpot to bring it up.
- It just brings up "file:///Applications/LinSpot.app/.void/www/admin/busy.html" all the time,,,,, cant seem to get pass this.

If I restart the mac, i will get popup saying:
Insecure Startup Item disabled
"/library/Startupitems/LinSpot" has not been started because it does not have the proper security settinngs.

Trouble is i cant even bring it up to get the admin displayed ever.
Something is not right though.

Maybe I can get help here.

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Anonymous
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Only problem w/ that is that IBM a) acknowledges them, and b) abides by the rules of the GPL by open sourcing anything that uses/links against GPL software.

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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If including GPL software into lager commercial packages would be problematic, IBM would be into a lot of trouble :)
I like their approach!

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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This seems sorta sketchy, would be nice if they didnt somehow magically take a cut... in particular, i'm a bit nervous that this isnt source, even w/ all the open source software they claim to have in there (doesnt that violate the GPL ?)

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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Seems that the software basically consists of glueware written to update the configurations of the included Apache, DHCP, DNS and SQUID servers. Just as Apple who bundles a lot of GPL software with it's paid MacOS X Server, there's nothing wrong here.

Checking in your ISPs agreement if you it isn't prohibited to resell your Internet Access can be a good idea. Theoretically, you could get otherwise disconnected from that ISP in some regions.
Doesn't seems to be a great risk to me.

... but it seems to work for me :-)

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Anonymous
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If you want to be 100% legit, check with your ISP first. If you aren't concerned about them possibly terminating your service or trying to sue you, then go nuts. At the very least, check your service agreement.

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Date 19 Feb 2006
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