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    SubjectRe: Linus Speaks About KDE-Bashing
    In netuse.lists.linux-kernel you write:
    >If the interfaces
    >standardize, end users will end up mixing GPL'ed and non-GPL'ed components
    >all over the place. There are hints of this in the Windows world already
    >with Microsoft's OLE. Similary things could happen with CORBA in the Unix
    >world.

    Actually, this is already happing today, whenever dynamic
    linking is used to load a propietary application and load it on
    a GPLed operating system or whenever a propietary operating
    system loads GPLed code.

    The GPL allows you to ship propietary code and it allows a user
    to link that code against GPLed code and use it - just not to
    distribute it in certain situations. Nothing in the GPL prevents
    you from providing a mechanism (a script for example) that
    enables the user to do this linkage without requiring him to
    know about what he is doing. And you may even provide such a
    mechanism as part of the operating system. That's ld.so for you
    (the same ld.so that is temporarily linking your statically
    linked program against a propietary kernel or vice versa to
    enable to use functions such as write(), open() and close()
    without which it would be quite useless. Who cares about call
    mechanisms - trap or jump, it is all the same).

    Or look at what happened with Be: They may have infected part of
    their system with GPLed code, but since that system is a highly
    modular microkernel, this infection is not really relevant,
    since the infected component is extremely self-contained. On the
    other hand, it's disclosure is of almost no value to the Open
    Source community without disclosure of the noninfected rest of
    the operating system.

    Kristian


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