The Linux kernel is unambiguously licensed under GPL version 2.0.
Posted May 25, 2006 21:38 UTC (Thu) by filipjoelsson
In reply to: The Linux kernel is unambiguously licensed under GPL version 2.0.
Parent article: Kororaa and the GPL - Update 1
Some things you are writing are a bit unclear to me:
Do you really thing copyright law cares about the last letter of a file name (c vs h)?
Do you really think GPL symbols are anything but a debug convenience?
In your opinion:
If a shim pulls in inlines or macros that could not easily have been reverse enginerd from a header, is it derived or not?
If that shim is statically linked to a binary blob, is the resulting module derived from the shim, or not?
My opinion is very clear, the .ko files are derived from headers that are made available under the GPL. If the ABI of modules was stable enough, ati and nvidia would address the ABI directly - and there would be no need for a shim. Since the need is there, the shim is derived from the headers, and the .ko is also so. QED.
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