Yes, I've seen this. Loading a (GPLed) kernel module, that I'd written, on a SUSE 9.3 box produced a "kernel tainted" message in the system logs, which confused me at first. If you Google for this, you'll see that this is a bit of a FAQ. Here's a link to the SUSE docs which describe the different flags:
They even use the same sysfs path (/proc/sys/kernel/tainted) that Ted's patch does, apparently.
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