So, while trying to discover the minor version of the Android 2.2 running on my G-2, I touched the tab labeled “Open source licenses”. Scrolled down, and “Eric S. Raymond” popped out at me.
Seems the phone uses libpng 1.2.6., of which I am a contributing author.
So of course I looked on my Nexus One. If libpng is there the license is buried pretty deep – but it uses libgif, and my name’s on that for even better reasons.
Ah, there’s libpng, about 25% of the way through a huge pile of licenses. Suggests libgif is on the G-2 as well, deeper than I’ve looked in that pile, though it’s a bit of a puzzle why the licenses are in different orders.
This is my happy for the day. Android phones are about the only smartphones I thought didn’t carry those – I assumed they’d been replaced by some blob of Java.
It’s good to be ubiquitous. And your
little dog Toto basement router, too!