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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
There has been cases of distros/live cd that did ship both being hit with CnD from kernel devs.
Defence of the GPL realm (The H)
Posted Dec 18, 2012 12:54 UTC (Tue) by pboddie (subscriber, #50784)
Again, farnz makes the crucial point upthread: it's all about the distribution. When you have someone distributing things to be used together as one system and where the nature of the GPL-licensed software signals the intent that anything taking advantage of that software must adhere to the conditions of the GPL, the "derived work" defence is merely something that can be used to limit the claims of the GPL if the relevant copyright law imposes restrictions on what licences can require of others.
So, if you take something which deliberately says that "you had better be able to release the source for all this" if you distribute your Linux system "with added Nvidia magic" and then combine it with the Nvidia drivers for which you don't have sources, then you really have to have a better argument than "they're not really touching (come on, your honour!)". After all, there are plenty of licence agreements that impose more peculiar and arbitrary restrictions on how works are used.
Posted Jan 7, 2013 0:05 UTC (Mon) by DHR (guest, #81356)
So: is this a license violation? I guess not since a majority of the smart phone world would then be uncompliant.
Posted Jan 7, 2013 5:21 UTC (Mon) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
It gets hard when a lot of the 'binary drivers' are userspace components like the camera drivers on most devices.
Posted Jan 7, 2013 5:24 UTC (Mon) by jrn (subscriber, #64214)
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