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SubjectRe: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3
On Jun 15, 2007, Bron Gondwana <> wrote:


> A Dell desktop machine is a piece of hardware. The manufacturer has the
> source code (hypothetically) to the BIOS. The BIOS is required for the
> machine to boot and run Linux.

> Riddle me this (especially Alexandre, I'm just latching on to Ingo's
> post because it has the right hook to grab) - are Dell required to give
> out the source to the bios to enable people to have the same rights Dell
> engineers do to modify the behaviour of the system?

What is the license for the bios? Does it say anything about 'no
further restrictions on the freedoms to modify and share the

Does it include any mechanisms to stop people from booting modified
versions of the Linux that ships with the machine?

Alexandre Oliva
FSF Latin America Board Member
Red Hat Compiler Engineer aoliva@{,}
Free Software Evangelist oliva@{,}
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