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    SubjectRe: starting with 2.7
    > And what 3rd party hardware vendor wants to waste their resources by
    > repeting smaller versions of the one-time cost of driver writing over
    > and over to accomodate linux, when they can't even accomodate all
    > versions due to special patches some people have? So far there's been a
    > rediculous but visible trend of hardware vendors to hold their source
    > closed.

    I do wonder would open source kernel drivers to work with a closed
    source user space application be accepted into the mainline kernel...
    say for example Nvidia or VMware GPL'ed their lower layer kernel
    interfaces but kept their userspace (X driver and VMware) closed
    source which is perfectly acceptable from a license point of view..
    would Linus/Andrew accept the nvidia lowlevel into the kernel, if not
    then it would be idealogical not licensing issues which would make the
    argument for having a stable module interface better :-)

    It would be interesting to find out .. and you are right there is
    little point in arguing this at this stage, closed source drivers are

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