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SubjectRe: GPL only modules [was Re: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19]
Linus Torvalds wrote:

>On Thu, 14 Dec 2006, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
>No. That's really a purely technical thing.
I'm not certain I understand what you mean here. Nasty messages using
the word "taint" is purely subjective.
(as is your opinion or anyone else's about the use of the word,
including my opinion). Based upon the way the GPL is worded, "taint"
actually goes the other way in legal circles when corporate attorneys
talk about using GPL code with non-GPL code.

i.e. "... If we use that linux code it will TAINT our development
process and CONTAMINATE and POULLTE our proprietary
development efforts with GPL code and we do not know the IP sources of
such code...".

You should change it to "non-GPL" rather than "tainted" since the use of
this word is actionable and inaccruate of reality.
Free GPL code is what it is. The GPL is the only thing that "taints" IP.
The use of the word is reversed. Also Linus, we do
open source and promote certain projects outside of the Linux Kernel --
and we fully support the GPL.

You can still do whatever you want, but people who support the resulting
mess know that they shouldn't.

BULLSHIT. I diagree and you are talking out of both sides of your mouth.



> Linus

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