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SubjectRe: GPLONLY kernel symbols???
* <> on Wed, Oct 17, 2001:

> I can make a kernel driver that compiles statically
> and also uses a non-GPL library, even in the form of
> a binary .o file, and the "tainted" mechanism as it
> is today will miss it entirely.

Statically into the kernel? I don't think so. First off, if your "static"
code isn't GPL'd you can't distribute the resultant kernel since you've
violated the GPL. The tainted mechanism was designed for proprietary
and/or binary-only modules without a supported license. The case you
mention above can't even exist (at least, not in any publically-accessible

M. R.
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