Merge into Linux? Useful as test suite before buying hardware!
Posted Mar 4, 2010 15:40 UTC (Thu) by dwheeler
Parent article: Linux-2.6.33-libre released
I have two thoughts on this.
First, has anyone discussed merging this in the future into the Linux kernel itself? I can imagine a configuration option that said "only include material meeting $LICENSE_CRITERIA". With that, it'd be easy for kernel developers to realize when something has been added that doesn't meet that criteria, identify what doesn't meet it, accept patches that replace it (and see why), etc.
Obviously that's up to Linus et al., but as long as it wasn't REQUIRED, they might think that's a good thing.
Second, I can see this as being really useful as part of a test suite before buying hardware. Buying hardware is tricky today. If I could run a "libre" test suite, then I could see which one was supported by purely OSS drivers... and buy that one instead.
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