why can’t I rebrand dd-wrt and where is the source code?

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DD-WRT LogoI’m frustrated. I have been thinking about writing a post like this for a while, so here it is. I come and visit these forums from time to time and one subject that makes itself present on a consistent basis is the idea of donating to DD-WRT to persuade them to develop faster, add specific features or to simply support the DD-WRT cause.

Why should I have to do this? Give me the source and let me do it and if not I – someone else. Why does it seem to me that the core of DD-WRT development is only allowed by a handful of individuals? Everyone should have access to this source and if I so choose – make a fork of this project. After all DD-WRT wouldn’t exist had the lead developer not made a fork of the Alchemy Firmware. His feelings towards the Alchemy Firmware at that time currently reflect my feelings toward DD-WRT now. There are many reasons for this, but there are two that really get to me:

1. Where is the source code?
2. And why is development taking so long? The first binary of v24 beta according to the download page was 5/19/06 and as of today is still in beta RC3!

With the release of the source code there would be potentially hundreds of people willing to aid in advancing this project, hence a fork is needed.

I feel a fork needs to be created directly from DD-WRT’s software decision to start charging for their firmware and not releasing the source code, thus closing the door to open source.

The special versions of DD-WRT are also of much controversy as they represent the true final release of each version. Listed on the wiki in the special firmware section we can read, “Firmware releases customized to your corporate design are also available.”

Why can’t I or anyone do this without the aid of the DD-WRT team? Well, in the wiki under firmware modification we find this statement:

WARNING: Due to abuse by those re-branding DD-WRT and selling it, or pre-flashed routers with it on eBay, builds dated later than 08/04/2006 have some protections against re-branding the web UI.

On the contrary, the OpenWRT firmware not only provides the tools you need to modify the firmware, but there is detailed documents on how to do it.


I have my reasons for sticking with DD-WRT at this time and this is what brings about this frustration. This post is meant for the community – to advance the DD-WRT project. Nothing more.

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Go X-WRT !
really cool project !
http://x-wrt.org/

A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.

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good luck

This is an old post but I truly agree with you. If DD-WRT is open source then who cares if someone is rebranding it and selling it. So far I’ve read that BrainSlayer only encrypts his GUI from rebuilding but further states that the GUI can be customized from source and rebuilt.

That’s fine and dandy but to date there has not been one easy way to get the source or have I heard of any successful builds from anyone not part of the DDWRT team. How they get away with saying its GPL compliant is beyond me!

I think that it should also have a form and we need to fix that damn AnchorFree BS because they obviously aren’t paying anyone for their ad’s being everywhere. Also when you go to disable AnchorFree, the ad’s won’t go away, thats a bug that needs to be fixed for sure, and while were at it I would love to be able to use my own Google Adsense instead of this BS AnchorFree since it’s not even generating any revenue at all… Common Sense?

ME REPLY TO dd-wrt:
I would say that knocks your company out of the loop. 2500 Euro to
> allow an agency to put an Identification header is not realistic. There exists NO CARE about your dd-wrt logo or branding…leave it. Simply wanted to put a header that can be changed at will by the agencies using this – for easy IDENTIFICATION only. Not interested in your professional version either…they simply do not need…they only need the “special” BroadComm version. Perhaps HUNTSVILLE, Alabama hasn’t quite clicked yet…NASA, MSFC, Redstone, Intergraph, Avocent, Boeing, SCI, etc. I will incorporate a different solution.
>
> I will re-read your licensing agreement again, however, I did not see anything restricting me from using the paid special BroadComm version for WRT54GS commercially, privately, or governmentally. Correct me if I am wrong.
>
> Thank you for the response.
DD-WRT RESPONSE:
> I will re-read your licensing agreement again, however, I did not see anything restricting me from using the paid special BroadComm version for WRT54GS commercially, privately, or governmentally. Correct me if I am wrong.

Thats not a problem at all. Even our free community edition is free to use it on your business.

> I would say that knocks your company out of the loop. 2500 Euro to
> allow an agency to put an

This was a mistake in my last mail. The initial fee is 1500€ not 2500.

Note that these versions are integrated to our normal development/build process so your branding will kept up-to-date.

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