Linux Device Drivers, Third Edition now online
Posted Mar 15, 2005 3:53 UTC (Tue) by socket
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The GPL really isn't appropriate for books. It's very particularly targeted to code rather than text or other media. What does "linking" mean in a non-code context, hmm?
Licensing text is rather different from licensing code. There are different priorities people apply when the copyrighted work is code as opposed to text or music. It's hard to even determine what would constitute "free" when these priorities come into play. I'll skip the 30-page essay on the tip of my tongue and just vaguely refer to all the various fights over the "free"ness of the GFDL as an illustration of the problems.
Back to the topic, since I don't remember commenting on earlier articles about it... Congratulations, Jon! I'm glad to see the results of your efforts. I personally don't write very much OS-level code, but if I did, this is the book I'd want. Thanks for licensing it nicely!
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