Proprietary loadable kernel modules
Posted Mar 24, 2011 19:53 UTC (Thu) by vonbrand
In reply to: Proprietary loadable kernel modules
Parent article: Has Bionic stepped over the GPL line?
OK, perhaps I misspoke. What I meant is that the kernel gang considers stuff using userland interfaces OK under whatever licence you fancy (not in the sense that such code is "not derivative", but that that such use is allowed), while using kernel-internal interfaces (specially ones marked GPL-only) is strictly GPL. It might be that the law says that both uses create derivatives, in which case you are being given an explicit permission for userland while in-kernel use is strictly GPL-only because it is a derivative; or it might say neither does, in which case the whole discussion is moot.
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