Re: GPL'd GNU/Linux Chikka Client (was: Chikka equivalent?)

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Author: CS Borg
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Subject: Re: GPL'd GNU/Linux Chikka Client (was: Chikka equivalent?)
Or instead of writing the whole client, just make a
library silar to libyahoo2
(http://libyahoo2.sourceforge.net/).

Cheers,
CS_Borg


--- Federico Sevilla III <jijo@???> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 06, 2004 at 06:02:36PM +0800,
> Bopolissimus X Platypus wrote:
> > does anyone have links to the protocol spec? i
> suggested to a former
> > OJT that, for her senior project, she might
> reverse engineer the
> > protocol and then write a java implementation. we
> looked at some
> > ethereal output and it didn't seem too complicated
> (although,
> > authentication information is plaintext! whose
> fault is that?!).
> >
> > she decided on a different (more pure CS) senior
> project though. if
> > anyone here has clout with some good undergrads,
> maybe they could
> > reverse engineer the protocol and then write an
> implementation.
> >
> > i'd do it for fun, but i won't have a lot of free
> time for months :-(
>
> Hrmm... this is VERY interesting, particularly
> because I'm still a CS
> undergrad, in desperate need of an interesting and
> doable thesis topic
> that I can finally put my heart into... something I
> won't keep putting
> off for tomorrow.
>
> I have one and only one question. Assuming I reverse
> engineer the
> protocol specification using traffic sniffing tools
> and don't mess
> around with the Chikka binary by disassembling it or
> somehow illegally
> getting a copy of the code or anything like that,
> what will the legal
> implications of writing a GPL'd GNU/Linux Chikka
> client be?
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> --> Jijo
>
> --
> Federico Sevilla III : jijo.free.net.ph : When we
> speak of free software
> GNU/Linux Specialist : GnuPG 0x93B746BE : we refer
> to freedom, not price.
>

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