Tesla makes public part of source code under GPL license

May

21

2018

Tesla has put part of the source code of its software for cars online. Thus it has taken a first step to comply with the GPL license for the use of parts of Linux. Tesla does not fully meet the conditions of the license.

The Software Freedom Conservancy has been working with Tesla for five years to make the code public, a process that is slow due to the involvement of several companies. Tesla has to reveal part of the code because its cars use code from the Linux kernel and from Busybox. Under the conditions of use of that software, manufacturers must make their own modifications available.

The code is now on the GitHub page of Tesla. This concerns Linux and BuildRoot . Tesla does not publish other parts of the code, including its own applications. This is also not necessary according to the GNU GPL license .

Tesla has sent people who have expressed an interest in viewing the code in the past , Elektrek reports . The disclosure of the source code can help security researchers find vulnerabilities in Tesla’s software, which then make the software safer after a patch.

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