LinSpot
LinSpot 1.0.3
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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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PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later






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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Nov 2005
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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Ned Scott commented on 06 Apr 2004
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.
[Version 1.0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Mar 2004
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.
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Mar 2004
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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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Mar 2004
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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Anonymous commented on 03 Mar 2004
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 reviewed on 03 Mar 2004
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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Downloads:5,948
Version Downloads:3,460
Type:Utilities : Network
License:Free
Date:19 Feb 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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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