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SubjectRe: Article: IBM wants to "clean up the license" of Linux
On Sat, 19 Dec 1998, Chip Salzenberg wrote:

> Naming aside, my point is that open source software is always, well,
> open -- open to be picked up and carried by new interested parties.
> Even more, the GPL subset of the open source pool can't spawn private
> forks; this is even stronger insurance.
>
> So I don't worry about corporate interference. Not yet, anyway.

Yes, I think that according to the GPL, any change that IBM makes in
existing code would have to be also GPL. Now if they write their own
separate piece, say a module, I think they can use any license they want.
OSS does not distribute the source for their commercial sound stuff, do
they?

QUESTION: Say IBM wrote their own mmap.c replacement with no GPL code in
it. Can they distribute a binary kernel image made with that mmap.c
without distributing the source to that small program? I mean, can that
particular mmap.c have a non-gpl license? In other words, they distribute
only the source for the GPL parts of the code?





George Bonser

The Linux "We're never going out of business" sale at an FTP site near you!


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