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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] Generalised Kernel Hooks Interface (GKHI)
   Date: 	Thu, 9 Nov 2000 13:39:04 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Jakma <>

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).

Actually, he's been quite specific. It's ok to have binary modules as
long as they conform to the interface defined in /proc/ksyms.

That being said, the real problem with the GKHI is that as Al said, it
does expose internal kernel interfaces --- and the Linux kernel
development community as a whole refuses to be bound by such interfaces,
sometimes even during a stable kernel series.

So someone who releases only binary modules will likely be in a world of
hurt. And that's considered a feature. Certainly no one is going to
go out of their way to make life easier for binary module authors.

- Ted
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