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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] Generalised Kernel Hooks Interface (GKHI)
On Thu, 9 Nov 2000, Michael Rothwell wrote:

> Well, then, problem solved.


> > afaik linus allows binary modules in most cases.
> And since an "Advanced Linux Kernel Project" wouldn't be a Linus kernel,
> what then? Would they have the same discretion as Linus? Would Linus'
> exception apply to them?

don't know. you'd have to ask him...

I actually think Linus has been too loose/vague on modules. The
official COPYING txt file in the tree contains an exception on linking
to the kernel using syscalls from linus and the GPL. nothing about
binary modules, and afaik the only statements he's ever made about
binary modules were off the cuff on l-k a long time (unless someone
knows a binary module whose vendor can show a written exception from
Linus et al).

The result of all this is that we've had plenty of vendors ignoring
the GPL as it applies to linux and release binary modules all because
linus said on a mailling list that he doesn't mind too much. not a
very strong affirmation of the conditions under which linux is

be nice if the binary module thing could be clarified by the copyright


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