Martin, Travis-I agree. It is not licensed for GNS3. Cisco knows that it's used this way (and they probably use it internally as well). What will be interesting is if Cisco eventually came out with a solution to this. Would they charge fir it? Probably. Would they continue to turn a blind eye to GNS3 users? I don't know.
Also, I want to make sure that everyone knows that the petition is at the link in the first post. This thread itself isn't the petition, but to raise awareness of it. However, in the end, maybe all of the posts here well warrant attention as well.
This would be so great. Even if you have the money to buy all the gear off eBay (which could amount to thousands) then you are supposed to pay for the IOS licensing! I doubt anyone can afford to do that while they try to get their certifications. Packet Tracer is a good start but is lacking in features and can be buggy. If a simulator isn't possible, I would also ask for a simple "student" support agreement so you could legally download and use select IOS images for testing & learning. Microsoft does this with almost all their products, why not Cisco?
The petition is for an emulator.
I would have petitioned for a free IOS also, as martin said, getting an ios image is ... imposible.
and also the emulator sais that i can i will be Using an old 60$ PC with 3 pci cards as a 600$ router is not intended by Cisco. in lab / home or company.
And to be honest unless you wanna satisfy your personal need for knoleadge
PT is way better , and the real-time /simulation tab can help in solving even more complex issues.
Nevertheless i would love a stable emulator.