GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper
Posted Oct 31, 2006 2:17 UTC (Tue) by proski
In reply to: GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper
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I thought we were talking about binary only modules and ndiswrapper? In that light I don't see how that construction could be in anyway better than when pushed to userspace.
I think many people would prefer not to run closed source Windows driver with the kernel permissions (in "ring 0" in x86 terminology). Of course, having a network driver in userspace can have its drawbacks.
Currently closed source kernel modules from ATI and Nvidia should also be put into userspace with no more than a tiny kernel module handling the necessary, IMHO.
Sorry, that's getting off-topic, and I'm in now way a video card expert, but how are you going to emulate Linux API expected by those modules (provided you are talking about Linux modules)? Are you going to reimplement it in userspace? I think that's going to be the hard part, and not the "tiny kernel module".
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