The Linux kernel is unambiguously licensed under GPL version 2.0.
Posted May 24, 2006 2:01 UTC (Wed) by xoddam
In reply to: Kororaa and the GPL - Update 1
Parent article: Kororaa and the GPL - Update 1
I'm surprised Moglen would draw such a conclusion.
Hooks for non-GPL modules imply that you have permission to *use*
non-GPL modules with your Linux kernel. But the GPL is not a
'shrink-wrap' contract. You don't need permission to use the software in
any way you please. The GPL is a *copyright* licence only, and all it
does is to permit *copying* the kernel providing that certain conditions
are met. And the kernel is unequivocally licenced with version 2.0 of
the GPL, without any special exceptions.
Running 'insmod' is not distributing GPL software. Providing CDs and
ISOs for download is. The only question open for argument here is
whether it violates the GPL to distribute proprietary modules alongside a
GPL'd kernel with the sole intention of linking them together at
Is this equivalent to distributing a kernel binary pre-built from a
combination of GPL and proprietary source, which would *obviously*
violate the GPL?
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