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SubjectRe: ReiserFS Bug Fixes 3 of 6 (Please apply all 6)
"Torrey Hoffman" <> writes:

> well, technically that's true. However they would not be able to link
> it into the proprietary operating system and then distribute it without
> violating the GPL.

Are you sure? Here's a quote from the GPL:

| However, as a special exception, the source code distributed need not
| include anything that is normally distributed (in either source or
| binary form) with the major components (compiler, kernel, and so on)
| of the operating system on which the executable runs, unless that
| component itself accompanies the executable.

Modules for proprietary kernels seem to be okay, don't they?

> - or, implement it in _user-space_ as an entirely GPL'ed application.

I don't see the user space requirement.

> Finally, that second option could be even more difficult... I hear
> MS has recently changed the terms of their C run-time-library license
> to forbid use by GPLed code.

This is extremely unlikely, as Microsoft is selling its own version of
an operation system with GNU components. ;-)

Florian Weimer Weimer@CERT.Uni-Stuttgart.DE
University of Stuttgart http://CERT.Uni-Stuttgart.DE/people/fw/
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