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Re: Binary drivers [Re: [Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>] Re: Debian & BSD concerns]

Ben Pfaff <pfaffben@pilot.msu.edu> writes:

> David Frey <david@eos.lugs.ch> writes:
>    I've never understood how it is possible for a company to offer
>    binary drivers and go undetected (there was a SCSI-host-adapter
>    company which was doing it, IIRC).
>    Isn't it plain illegal under the GPL?
> Linus has decided to allow binary drivers in the kernel.

No, I don't think so.  (unless I missed something)

He allows binary modules distributed separately from the kernel.

He's generally against binary drivers, and he isn't going to go to
great lengths to maintain binary compatibility in the module interface
for them.


 - Jim

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