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    SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] Generalised Kernel Hooks Interface (GKHI)


    Let be clear about one thing: the GKHI make no statement about enabling
    proprietary extensions and that's a common misconception. GKHI is intended
    to make optional facilities easier to co-install and change. We designed it
    for DProbes, and when modularised will remain a GPL opensource offering.

    The only motivation for providing GKHI is to make the kernel more
    acceptable to the enterprise customer, but allowing, for example, RAS
    capabilities to be brough in easily and dynmaically. This type of customer
    will not readily succome to on-the-fly kernel rebuilds to diagnose problems
    that occur only in complex production environments.

    If anything opens the door to proprietary extensions it's the loadable
    kernel modules capability or perhaps the loose wording of the GPL which
    doesn't catch loadable kernel modules, or whatever... Bottom line GKHI
    really has no bearing on this.


    Richard Moore - RAS Project Lead - Linux Technology Centre (PISC).

    http://oss.software.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/linux
    Office: (+44) (0)1962-817072, Mobile: (+44) (0)7768-298183
    IBM UK Ltd, MP135 Galileo Centre, Hursley Park, Winchester, SO21 2JN, UK


    Christoph Rohland <cr@sap.com> on 09/11/2000 07:44:11

    Please respond to Christoph Rohland <cr@sap.com>

    To: Michael Rothwell <rothwell@holly-springs.nc.us>
    cc: Richard J Moore/UK/IBM@IBMGB, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
    Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Generalised Kernel Hooks Interface (GKHI)




    Hi Michael,

    On Wed, 08 Nov 2000, Michael Rothwell wrote:
    > Sounds great; unfortunately, the core group has spoken out against a
    > modular kernel.
    >
    > Perhaps IBM should get together with SGI, HP and other interested
    > parties and start an Advanced Linux Kernel Project. Then they can
    > run off and make their scalable, modular, enterprise kernel and the
    > Linus Version can always merge back in features from it.

    *Are you crazy?* =:-0

    Proposing proprietary kernel extensions to establish an enterprise
    kernel? No thanks!

    Greetings
    Christoph




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