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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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