[lkml]   [2000]   [Oct]   [27]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
SubjectRe: GPL Question
On Fri, 27 Oct 2000, Jason Wohlgemuth wrote:
> Consider this:
> A subsystem that is statically built into the Linux Kernel is modified
> to allow the registration of a structure containing function pointers.
> The function pointers corrolate to a set of functions within that subsystem.
> If the new structure of pointers has been registered, the original
> functions will call the new functions in the structure passing all
> arguments and returning the return value of the new function.
> With this said, if no structure has been registered, then no
> functionality is degraded within the kernel. Only the loss of some cpu
> time to check the pointers at the top of the old functions.
> Now, if a module is loaded that registers a set of functions that have
> increased functionality compared to the original functions, if that
> modules is not based off GPL'd code, must the source code of that module
> be released under the GPL?
> Thanks in advance,
> Jason Wohlgemuth

the api of the module would be a reimplementation of a GPL'd api
(the function names may have changed, but the base behaviors must be equivalent)

so the question in simple terms might phrased as:

is the API under GPL, or is it the code or are both?

I think the answer is both.
** Mark Salisbury | Mercury Computer Systems **
** | **
** "WYGIWYD - What You Get Is What You Deserve" **

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
Please read the FAQ at

 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 12:45    [W:0.078 / U:0.580 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site