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Defence of the GPL realm (The H)

Defence of the GPL realm (The H)

Posted Jan 7, 2013 0:05 UTC (Mon) by DHR (guest, #81356)
In reply to: Defence of the GPL realm (The H) by airlied
Parent article: Defence of the GPL realm (The H)

As far as I know, almost all Android devices are distributed with binary Linux kernels and binary device driver modules. These device drivers are often closed-source. In particular, I think all reasonable video drivers are closed source.

So: is this a license violation? I guess not since a majority of the smart phone world would then be uncompliant.


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Defence of the GPL realm (The H)

Posted Jan 7, 2013 5:21 UTC (Mon) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

So far, nobody who has standing to do so has considered these to be a license violation enough to take action, so for practical matters they are not.

It gets hard when a lot of the 'binary drivers' are userspace components like the camera drivers on most devices.

Defence of the GPL realm (The H)

Posted Jan 7, 2013 5:24 UTC (Mon) by jrn (subscriber, #64214) [Link]

Is nouveau an unreasonable video driver? Or did you mean all reasonable smartphone GPU drivers?


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