GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper
Posted Oct 25, 2006 22:45 UTC (Wed) by josh_stern
In reply to: GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper
Parent article: GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper
My point is that ndiswrapper seems like something that really should be LGPL rather than GPL as it depends on linking with proprietary code in order to be useful to people. Since my understanding of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL is that it is specifically designed as a mechanism for some kernel authors to prohibit their code from being used within a work that is not really GPL, the approach taken by the kernel developers as described in the article seems reasonable to me. They are basically saying that ndiswrapper's claim to be GPL compatible is a sham. That is, it's doubtful that those developers who made their contributions EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL had really wanted to allow something like ndiswrapper.
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