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Message Posted: Tue, 25 May 2004 @ 18:17:25 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Teradata on a Linux Platform
From:   Bob Hahn

  re: "If you built binary code that linked to the GPL kernel without requiring a source inclusion, you could effectively extend the kernel without violating the letter (if not the spirit) of GPL licensing."  

Linus' stated tolerance of loadable modules notwithstanding (e.g. ported), there is an interpretation that all Kernel modules must be GPL since they will #include some headers and in effect extend the kernel. I expect that any binary kernel module/driver risks being challenged. Nvidia for example took a lot of heat. Here's a reasonable summary for those interested:


Here's the discussion including Linus' posts. Look for "Linux GPL and binary module exception clause" in the thread subject.


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