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KernelTrap: Tainting The Kernel

Sep 02, 2005, 10:00 (7 Talkback[s])

"The announcement of a new Forensic File System led into another discussion of kernel tainting and the legality of binary-only kernel modules. The discussion began because in the announcement it was pointed out that, 'the Core File System code is a separate proprietary module and is not released under the GPL,' and the patch commented out kernel code that warned of the kernel becoming tainted. Explaining the latter changes, Jeff Merkey said, 'I object to the use of the word 'tainted'. This implies the binary code is somehow infringing. I would suggest changing the word to 'non-GPL' or 'Vendor Supported' since this is more accurate...'"

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