GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper
Posted Oct 26, 2006 8:05 UTC (Thu) by malor
In reply to: GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper
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But at no time is the GPL ever violated. The GPL says we can't distribute free- and non-free code (either in source or binary form) together. But nobody is doing that.
Ndiswrapper itself is GPL. The kernel code is GPL. Windows binaries are never GPL. You could certainly make the argument that distributing all three of these together violates the GPL, but *that is not what is happening here*.
Rather, they seem to be upset that end-users are using ndiswrapper to load proprietary drivers. But an end-user who uses ndiswrapper to load a Windows binary is NOT VIOLATING THE GPL, because he is not distributing it.
This is pure bullshit. The kernel devs are trying to restrict what end users do with their systems, which is as profoundly un-GPL and as un-free as you get. This kind of move is something you'd expect from Microsoft or Apple.
Fortunately, they have a lot less power to enforce their edicts, since their changes can generally be patched out, but making this edict at all shows that they really don't understand the license they're using.
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