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    SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 2/2] binfmt_elf: FatELF support for kernel modules.
    On 10/19/09 21:54, Ryan C. Gordon wrote:
    > I can understand that concern, but I worry about refusing to take steps
    > that would aid free software developers in case it might help the
    > closed-source people, too.
    >

    Any open source driver should be encouraged to be merged with mainline
    Linux so there's no need to distribute them separately. With the
    staging/ tree, that's easier than ever.

    I don't see much upside in making it "easier" to distribute binary-only
    open source drivers separately. (It wouldn't help that much, in the
    end; the modules would still be compiled for some finite set of kernels,
    and if the user wants to use something else they're still stuck.)

    > Those that will behave badly will do so regardless of file formats, but
    > distros shipping nothing but GPL'd software and in-tree drivers would
    > benefit from this more than another misguided company that probably
    > doesn't care about multiple CPU architectures anyhow.
    >

    Well, ideally a fat module would allow modules for multiple kernels to
    be bundled together (same and/or different architectures), which is
    primarily useful for 3rd-party binary distributions.


    J


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