Hardware Guide 19
Legal and Regulatory Information
GNU General Public License (GPL)
Each of the following programs are wholly or partially licensed under the GPL: ARPTables, bpalogin, bridge-
utils, busybox, ebtables, glibc, hostapd, iproute, ipset, iptables, iputils, linux, nmap, ppp, pptpd, rp-pppoe,
wireless_tools, wpa_supplicant.
Specific copyright information for the above software, if any, can be found in subsequent pages of this
chapter.
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Version 2, June 1991
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Preamble
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