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SubjectRE: Linux 2.4.9-ac6
On Wed, 5 Sep 2001, David Schwartz wrote:


So basically this is all obvious. Nobody's going to help someone with a
million-dollar GPL module if they don't provide the code. People will
help others with non-GPL modules if they are interested in helping, can
legally get the code, and can legally distribute patches. Nobody's going
to be an idiot and stick rigidly by a tainting scheme when someone
obviously has an open-source module that's not GPL, and needs help.
That's all I was trying to say. I don't think everyone's going to
ignore tainted bug reports universally, and there's nothing requiring that
to happen. It makes sense to read a bit more into a bug report anyway;
Ignoring filesystem corruption because the bug report was tainted by an
nvidia driver or a 3rd-party serial driver isn't going to help anyone.

That's all in the interpretation of the tainted report, not the fact that
it's tainted. There's also reporter-end probably-undebuggable report
elimination. If two people a year don't report "X Crashed ... and I use
nvdriver", that's a reason to have a taint flag, even if everyone ignored
the flag, even if it was set, in bug reports that were posted, right?


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