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GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper

GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper

Posted Oct 26, 2006 14:55 UTC (Thu) by cventers (subscriber, #31465)
In reply to: GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper by drag
Parent article: GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper

I agree that ndiswrapper is a problem in the long run (though I respect
its authors for coming forth with a solution, even if I don't agree with
it).

But I absolutely agree that it's un-GPL and un-free. Bringing the GPL
into this is a huge red herring because the end-user is not bound by the
terms of the GPL. If proprietary NDIS drivers were being shipped
side-by-side with ndiswrapper, I'd call that suspicious if not completely
illegal, but GPL does _not_ apply to end users.

Kernel developers are often heard to say "We don't do licenses, we do
code!" or "Ask an attorney." This is just further proof that they are
right, because they still seem to think GPL somehow controls what an end
user does.


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