Re: DRAFT for a GR proposal concerning the Sarge release
On Wed, Apr 28, 2004 at 06:21:27AM +0200, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
> For "possible", that is, unsubstantioned license violation claims, yes.
Distributing a GPL binary linked against code whose source is not available
is a clear-cut violation of the terms of the GPL.
I don't think even existing practice and opinions of kernel developers
are relevant. Considering that the 2.6.5 kernel has over two million
lines of code (on a quick count of only *.c,*.h), it's safe to safe some
of that is code reused from other projects. Those copyright holders may
not even be aware of the issue yet.
I don't think it's safe to be dismissing possible GPL violations so readily.