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    SubjectRe: Using GPL'd Linux drivers with non-GPL, binary-only kernel
    Jamie Lokier <> writes:

    > So, as dynamic loading is ok between parts of Linux and binary-only
    > code, that seems to imply we could build a totally different kind of
    > binary-only kernel which was able to make use of all the Linux kernel
    > modules.

    If you build a kernel to run Linux drivers that seems to scream
    derivative work to me.

    > We could even modularise parts of the kernel which aren't
    > modular now, so that we could take advantage of even more parts of Linux.
    > What do you think?

    At the very best support wise you would fall under the same category
    as if you loaded a binary only driver.

    On a very practical side you would suffer severe bitrot. As I have
    seen no project that has attempted this being able to keep up with
    the kernel API. Netkit, Mach and MILO are good examples of why not to
    do this.

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