On Thu, 06 May 2004 16:56:23 -0300, Humberto Massa said: > It's the same case as Windows NDIS drivers loading on linux. They were > created in a different environment, and would exist as they are even if > linux did not exist. Provided GPL'd glue code, you can load them in the > linux kernel, and they are _not_ derivative works. And in fact, the fact that the NDIS or NVidia drivers *did* start off as Windows code and have a properly GPL'ed glue layer is the only reason why they're tolerated at all by the kernel community. Linus has said on several occasions words to the effect that "if NVidia hadn't convinced him that all of the closed .o files were basically of Windows/other heritage, they'd have heard from a lawyer"...
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