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Subject[PATCH] Documentation: add Kernel Driver Statement to the kernel
Way back in 2008 we didn't have "robust" in-kernel documentation system,
so the idea of putting something like the kernel driver statement in the
kernel tree wasn't even imagined. But now that has changed, so add the
old document to the kernel source itself to allow for us to properly
reference it in one canonical place (as the LF wiki keeps moving things
around.)

This also will allow people to add their names to it, as I seem to have
lost the ability to do that by not knowing how to edit things on the
original document.

Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
---

Jon, if this isn't the correct place to put the document, I'd be glad to
move it elsewhere, I just picked the first place that it seemed to fit
into.


Documentation/process/index.rst | 1 +
Documentation/process/kernel-driver-statement.rst | 199 ++++++++++++++++++++++
2 files changed, 200 insertions(+)
create mode 100644 Documentation/process/kernel-driver-statement.rst

diff --git a/Documentation/process/index.rst b/Documentation/process/index.rst
index 82fc399fcd33..68454319f006 100644
--- a/Documentation/process/index.rst
+++ b/Documentation/process/index.rst
@@ -25,6 +25,7 @@ Below are the essential guides that every developer should read.
submitting-patches
coding-style
email-clients
+ kernel-driver-statement

Other guides to the community that are of interest to most developers are:

diff --git a/Documentation/process/kernel-driver-statement.rst b/Documentation/process/kernel-driver-statement.rst
new file mode 100644
index 000000000000..60d9d868f300
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Documentation/process/kernel-driver-statement.rst
@@ -0,0 +1,199 @@
+Kernel Driver Statement
+-----------------------
+
+Position Statement on Linux Kernel Modules
+==========================================
+
+
+We, the undersigned Linux kernel developers, consider any closed-source
+Linux kernel module or driver to be harmful and undesirable. We have
+repeatedly found them to be detrimental to Linux users, businesses, and
+the greater Linux ecosystem. Such modules negate the openness,
+stability, flexibility, and maintainability of the Linux development
+model and shut their users off from the expertise of the Linux
+community. Vendors that provide closed-source kernel modules force their
+customers to give up key Linux advantages or choose new vendors.
+Therefore, in order to take full advantage of the cost savings and
+shared support benefits open source has to offer, we urge vendors to
+adopt a policy of supporting their customers on Linux with open-source
+kernel code.
+
+We speak only for ourselves, and not for any company we might work for
+today, have in the past, or will in the future.
+
+ - Dave Airlie
+ - Nick Andrew
+ - Jens Axboe
+ - Ralf Baechle
+ - Felipe Balbi
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