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    SubjectRe: The end of embedded Linux?
    note that you are allowed to distribute a binary-only module as long as
    you don't use the GPL-only kernel symbols. Linus has stated that he
    doesn't view use of the header files as enough to make a module a
    dirivitive work (others disagree, but there are a number of binary modules
    out there)

    check the archives for the various flame wars over this issue.

    David Lang

    On Tue, 8 Oct 2002 wrote:

    > Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 11:11:44 +0100
    > From:
    > To: Alan Cox <>
    > Cc:
    > Subject: Re: The end of embedded Linux?
    > On 7 Oct 2002, at 21:22, Alan Cox wrote:
    > > On Mon, 2002-10-07 at 18:15, wrote:
    > > > a serial port and an interupt controller. What I was trying to explain
    > > > was that I would not mind making my code available for these
    > > > kernel changes. Although I don't understand why anyone would
    > > > want it. Apart from API changes, why do this ? The kernel is not
    > > > easily or frequently changed on this type of system. It would bloat
    > > > the kernel and I would expect to have to address problems of this
    > > > nature myself. However I would not like to make code available for
    > > > the more specialised hardware.
    > >
    > > That depends how specialized the hardware actually is. I think I've see
    > > six different non free implementations of 68360 sync serial code around
    > > all proprietary for example.
    > >
    > The UART and Interrupt controllers in question are built into a gate
    > array. I can't see how any external or parts from other vendors
    > would be compatible. To get the board to boot Linux I have to
    > modify the kernel and lilo. I understand that under the GPL rules I
    > would have to make this code available. I am willing to do this but I
    > don't see the point.
    > There is also more specialized hardware for which I have written
    > modules. Although there appears to be some unwritten rule about
    > releasing objects, I believe that the GPL rules state that these
    > modules must conform to the GPL also, as they contain header
    > files. I cannot see how any module can not contain Linux headers
    > or headers derived from Linux headers if it is to be loaded on a
    > Linux kernel.
    > These modules again drive gate array hardware for which nobody
    > else will ever have a compatible. Although I would dearly love to
    > use Linux as the platform for my project I feel I cannot release this
    > code under the GPL.
    > This is my dilemma and I am sure it is shared by others. For this
    > reason I cannot see how anything but an embedded PC with
    > applications or a perhaps a very simple hardware device could be
    > considered as an opportunity for embedded Linux.
    > I have based these thoughts on my experiences so far. If you feel I
    > have drawn an incorrect conclusion I would be grateful for your
    > input.
    > Many Thanks
    > Simon.
    > > Also my original comments were much more aimed at the core stuff. People
    > > who made existing and especially core stuff smaller could send the stuff
    > > out. Several of us want to compile a CONFIG_TINY option, and suprisingly
    > > enough small is good on high end boxes. My L1 cache is 8 times faster
    > > than my L2 cache is 7 times faster than my memory. Or to put it another
    > > way, going to main memory costs me maybe 100 instructions.
    > >
    > > My Athlon thinks small is good too!
    > >
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