Why is always busybox?
Posted Dec 14, 2009 23:53 UTC (Mon) by rgmoore
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Linus has clearly expressed his opinion that kernel modules are not necessarily derivatives of the kernel. Something that was originally written for Linux and depends explicitly on it would clearly be a derivative. But Linus's opinion is that a module that was originally written for a different OS and was ported to Linux with minimal changes would not count as a derivative of Linux. Since the GPL depends on copyright provisions that apply to derivative works, it wouldn't apply to a module that doesn't count as a derivative. As far as I can tell, Linus's analysis is correct, and a suit against a company that ported its driver for another OS and released it under a non-GPL license- NVidia being an obvious example- would fail in court.
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