It's not possible to absolutely say that many Android distributors
no longer have the right to distribute Linux. But nor is it
possible to absolutely say that they haven't lost that right. Any
sufficiently motivated kernel copyright holder probably could
engage in a pretty effective shakedown racket against Android
vendors. Whether they will do remains to be seen, but honestly if I
were an Android vendor I'd be worried. There's plenty of people out
there who hold copyright over significant parts of the
kernel. Would you really bet on all of them being individuals of
-- Matthew Garrett
I think that realistically we should definitely look at our
practices, but at the same time, I personally do put a lot of trust
in "human relationships".
Often way more than "technical models".
So there is a lot of safety in just a purely human "this looks like
the kind of pull request I expect". A lot of kernel developers
write nice messages explaining the pull, and there may not be a
cryptographic signature in text like that, but there is definitely
a "human signature" that you start to expect.
-- Linus Torvalds
Kernelroll is a linux kernel module for advanced rickrolling. It
works by patching the open() system call to open a specified music
file instead of other music files. Currently, it only checks if the
file extension "mp3" is present and calls the original open() with
the supplied path instead.
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