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SubjectRe: GPL vs non-GPL device drivers
On Tue, 2007-02-20 15:36:56 +0100, Helge Hafting <> 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.


Jan-Benedict Glaw +49-172-7608481
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