Let's look at the core of his complaint:
The problem I see here is that DLL from the installer in question comes from http://www.alexpage.de/usb-image-tool/download/ it is called usbit32.dll and as far as I can tell.It was brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago that someone had posted a Windows installer for XBian in their forum. The theft of code from Raspbmc was quite obvious with identical, but renamed DLLs and the same functions and routines visible.
Interesting enough the license.txt file for usbit32.dll includes the following copyright statement:
And a bit further down in the license:USB Image Tool 1.59
Copyright (c) 2006-2012 Alexander Beug
If you downloaded the RaspBMC windows installer prior to this post you'll notice there is not a usbit32.dll license file included. No is the copyright notice included in the program or readme. Yes he does acknowledge that is where the DLL is from, the same DLL he accused Xbian of stealing from him.The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all
copies or substantial portions of the Software.
As to the other arguement of Xbian not providing source... Yes they probably should do so... IF they have changed the source files. Even if so, it is the owner of the project (XBMC, etc) who should be demanding that this happen. NOT a competing project.
The outcome of this whole issue is that I personally backed up my Xbian SD image and installed OpenElec. Why? Because I don't feel I can trust a project run by someone who uses underhanded methods to discredit a competitor such as claiming a .DLL that is free for ANYONE to use as their own and publicly accusing the other developer of theft.