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    SubjectRe: GPL vs non-GPL device drivers
    On Tue, 2007-02-20 15:36:56 +0100, Helge Hafting <helge.hafting@aitel.hist.no> wrote:
    > If you have a need for "secret" source code, stuff most of it
    > in userspace. Make the drivers truly minimal; perhaps their
    > open/closed status won't matter that much when the bulk
    > of the code and the cleverness is kept safe in userspace.
    >
    > Note that keeping drivers small this way is the recommended
    > way of working anyway. It isn't merely a way to keep your
    > code away from the GPL - you always want a small kernel.

    Keeping the legal stuff out of sight for a second, this'll solve the
    "problem" for the embedded developer, but surely not for the Linux
    community. Would you ever expect that eg. the thin GPL layer used by
    ATI/NVidia would be merged iff the rest would run in userland?

    It's just a workaround for the
    linking-the-object-file-into-the-kernel-image problem, but after all,
    it doesn't lead to a working driver being freely available.

    MfG, JBG

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