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SubjectRe: GPL only modules [was Re: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19]
On Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 02:09:11PM -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 01:47:21PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Wed, 13 Dec 2006 13:32:50 -0800
> > Martin Bligh <mbligh@mbligh.org> wrote:
> >
> > > So let's come out and ban binary modules, rather than pussyfooting
> > > around, if that's what we actually want to do.
> >
> > Give people 12 months warning (time to work out what they're going to do,
> > talk with the legal dept, etc) then make the kernel load only GPL-tagged
> > modules.
> >
> > I think I'd favour that. It would aid those people who are trying to
> > obtain device specs, and who are persuading organisations to GPL their drivers.
>
> Ok, I have no objection to that at all. I'll whip up such a patch in a
> bit to spit out kernel log messages whenever such a module is loaded so
> that people have some warning.

Here you go. The wording for the feature-removal-schedule.txt file
could probably be cleaned up. Any suggestions would be welcome.

thanks,

greg k-h

-----------
From: Greg Kroah-Hartmna <gregkh@suse.de>
Subject: Notify non-GPL module loading will be going away in January 2008
Numerous kernel developers feel that loading non-GPL drivers into the
kernel violates the license of the kernel and their copyright. Because
of this, a one year notice for everyone to address any non-GPL
compatible modules has been set.

Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@suse.de>

---
Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt | 9 +++++++++
kernel/module.c | 6 +++++-
2 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
--- gregkh-2.6.orig/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
+++ gregkh-2.6/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
@@ -281,3 +281,12 @@ Why: Speedstep-centrino driver with ACPI
Who: Venkatesh Pallipadi <venkatesh.pallipadi@intel.com>

---------------------------
+
+What: non GPL licensed modules will able to be loaded successfully.
+When: January 2008
+Why: Numerous kernel developers feel that loading non-GPL drivers into the
+ kernel violates the license of the kernel and their copyright.
+
+Who: Greg Kroah-Hartman <greg@kroah.com> or <gregkh@suse.de>
+
+---------------------------
--- gregkh-2.6.orig/kernel/module.c
+++ gregkh-2.6/kernel/module.c
@@ -1393,9 +1393,13 @@ static void set_license(struct module *m
license = "unspecified";

if (!license_is_gpl_compatible(license)) {
- if (!(tainted & TAINT_PROPRIETARY_MODULE))
+ if (!(tainted & TAINT_PROPRIETARY_MODULE)) {
printk(KERN_WARNING "%s: module license '%s' taints "
"kernel.\n", mod->name, license);
+ printk(KERN_WARNING "%s: This module will not be able "
+ "to be loaded after January 1, 2008 due to its "
+ "license.\n", mod->name);
+ }
add_taint_module(mod, TAINT_PROPRIETARY_MODULE);
}
}
-
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