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SubjectRe: patent on O_ATOMICLOOKUP [Re: [PATCH] loopable tmpfs (2.4.17)]
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you wrote:
> The thing that disgusts me is that this "patent" thing is used as a
> complete red herring, and the real issue is that some people don't like
> the fact that the kernel is under the GPL. Tough cookies.

This is your interpretation, and it is not correct.

> Some people (you and Karim) seem to think that the GPL requirement si
> going to hurt Linux in the embedded space. Fair enough. That's what all

I'm not sure if you really bothered to read what Karim wrote. The GPL
itsef is not the problem, as long as you can draw a line between some
"base system" (which is strictly GPL - like RTAI) and some
application code.

I do like it very much when all code I write is GPLed, but there are
situations where a there are good reasons for some application code
to remain closed. It seems, this is not a problem with Linux. But
FSMlabs spreads FUD trying to prevent this for all RT stuff.

What do you think: it it OK (both from the legal and from the ethic
point of view) that somebody writes and distributes proprietary
application code?

Wolfgang Denk

Software Engineering: Embedded and Realtime Systems, Embedded Linux
Phone: (+49)-8142-4596-87 Fax: (+49)-8142-4596-88 Email:
Testing can show the presense of bugs, but not their absence.
-- Edsger Dijkstra
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