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SubjectRE: GPL only modules [was Re: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19]
On Thu, 14 Dec 2006, David Schwartz wrote:
> > And there's also the common misconception all costumers had enough
> > information when buying something. If you are a normal Linux user and
> > buy some hardware labelled "runs under Linux", it could turn out that's
> > with a Windows driver running under ndiswrapper...
> That is something that I think is well worth fixing. Doesn't Linus own the
> trademark 'Linux'? How about some rules for use of that trademark and a
> 'Works with Linux' logo that can only be used if the hardware specifications
> are provided?

Exactly my thoughts...

> Let them provide a closed-source driver if they want. Let them provide
> user-space applications for which no source is provided if they want. But
> don't let them use the logo unless they release sufficient information to
> allow people to develop their own drivers and applications to interface with
> the hardware.
> That makes it clear that it's not about giving us the fruits of years of
> your own work but that it's about enabling us to do our own work. (I would
> have no objection to also requiring them to provide a minimal open-source
> driver. I'm not trying to work out the exact terms here, just get the idea
> out.)

Since `works with' may sound a bit too vague, something like
`LinuxFriendly(tm)', with a happy penguin logo?



Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 --

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
-- Linus Torvalds
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