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SubjectRe: People, not GPL [was: Re: Driver Model]

On 11 Sep 2003, Eric W. Biederman wrote:

> "David Schwartz" <> writes:
> > The GPL_ONLY stuff is an attempt to restrict use. There is nothing
> > inherently wrong with attempts to restrict use. One could argue that the
> > root permission check on 'umount' is a restriction on use. Surely the GPL
> > doesn't mean you can't have any usage restrictions at all.
> No the GPL_ONLY stuff is an attempt to document that there is no conceivable
> way that using a given symbol does not create a derived work.

Bzzit ... GPL_ONLY stuff is an attempt to retrict usage by removing access
to the unprotectable API. And for anyone claiming there is not API to
protect, the kernel source is the manual to the API. The foolish intent
and design to hide the API has caused the kernel itself to become the

This is even obvious to people, like myself, who are not lawyers.


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