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SubjectRe: GPL only modules [was Re: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19]
On Sunday, 17 December 2006 11:11, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Dec 2006, David Schwartz wrote:
> > > And there's also the common misconception all costumers had enough
> > > information when buying something. If you are a normal Linux user and
> > > buy some hardware labelled "runs under Linux", it could turn out that's
> > > with a Windows driver running under ndiswrapper...
> >
> > That is something that I think is well worth fixing. Doesn't Linus own the
> > trademark 'Linux'? How about some rules for use of that trademark and a
> > 'Works with Linux' logo that can only be used if the hardware specifications
> > are provided?
> Exactly my thoughts...
> > Let them provide a closed-source driver if they want. Let them provide
> > user-space applications for which no source is provided if they want. But
> > don't let them use the logo unless they release sufficient information to
> > allow people to develop their own drivers and applications to interface with
> > the hardware.
> >
> > That makes it clear that it's not about giving us the fruits of years of
> > your own work but that it's about enabling us to do our own work. (I would
> > have no objection to also requiring them to provide a minimal open-source
> > driver. I'm not trying to work out the exact terms here, just get the idea
> > out.)
> Since `works with' may sound a bit too vague, something like
> `LinuxFriendly(tm)', with a happy penguin logo?

I like this idea.


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