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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] sockreg2.4.5-05 inet[6]_create() register/unregister table
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    On Thursday 07 June 2001 12:03, Henning P. Schmiedehausen wrote:
    > "David S. Miller" <davem@redhat.com> writes:
    > >And my current understanding is that allowing proprietary
    > >reimplementations of the VM, VFS, and core networking, is not one of
    > >the things which is allowed.
    >
    > ...is wanted (by you and possibly Linus). Not ...is allowed.
    >
    > It _is_ already allowed. Someone can use the posted patch which is
    > GPL open source, put it into the kernel and use their proprietary
    > module.
    >
    > And this is legal according to the "Kernel GPL, Linus Torvalds
    > edition (TM)" which says "any loadable module can be binary only".
    > Not "only loadable modules which are drivers". It may not be the
    > intention but it is the fact.

    I seem to recall something about binary modules being ok as long as
    they stick to the published interface, which would let out binary-only
    extensions to core kernel functionality. This would seem to permit
    reimplementation.

    --
    Daniel
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