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SubjectRe: GPL only modules [was Re: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19]
On Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 08:07:04AM -0500, Dave Jones wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 09:39:11PM -0800, Martin J. Bligh wrote:
> > The Ubuntu feisty fawn mess was a dangerous warning bell of where we're
> > going. If we don't stand up at some point, and ban binary drivers, we
> > will, I fear, end up with an unsustainable ecosystem for Linux when
> > binary drivers become pervasive. I don't want to see Linux destroyed
> > like that.
> Thing is, if kernels get patched to disallow binary modules,
> whats to stop Ubuntu (or anyone else) reverting that change in the
> kernels they distribute ? The landscape doesn't really change much,
> given that the majority of Linux end-users are probably running
> distro kernels.

If a kernel developer or a competitor sends a cease&desist letter to
such a distribution, the situation changes from a complicated "derived
work" discussion to a relatively clear "They circumvented a technical
measure to enforce the copyright.".

> Dave



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of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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