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    SubjectRe: GPL only modules [was Re: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19]
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    On Thursday 14 December 2006 15:12, Ben Collins wrote:
    > You can't talk about drivers that don't exist for Linux. Things like
    > bcm43xx aren't effected by this new restriction for GPL-only drivers.
    > There's no binary-only driver for it (ndiswrapper doesn't count). If the
    > hardware vendor doesn't want to write a driver for linux, you can't make
    > them. You can buy other hardware, but that's about it.

    Not that is matters in this discussion, but there are binary Broadcom
    43xx drivers for linux available.

    > Here's the list of proprietary drivers that are in Ubuntu's restricted
    > modules package:
    >
    > madwifi (closed hal implementation, being replaced in openhal)
    > fritz

    Well, that's not just one, right?
    That's like, 10 or so for the different AVM cards.
    I'm just estimating. Correct me, if I'm wrong.

    (And if I didn't mention it yet; AVM binary drivers are
    complete crap.)

    > ati
    > nvidia
    > ltmodem (does that even still work?)
    > ipw3945d (not a kernel module, but just the daemon)

    > Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing reverse engineering, or writing our
    > own drivers. It's how Linux got started. But the problem isn't as narrow
    > as people would like to think. And proprietary code isn't a growing
    > problem. At best, it's just a distraction that will eventually go away
    > on it's own.

    Well, I _hope_ that, too.

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    Greetings Michael.
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