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The Linux Licensing Labyrinth

Nov 19, 2008, 15:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Germain)

"Both corporate lawyers and hardware developers are gradually getting up to speed on GPL license issues. The lawyers especially are undergoing a real sea change of understanding, Wacha said.

""Senior business people is where the real problem is. They haven't done the research on what the real situation is with the GPL. They think they have to give up all proprietary code if they use open source drivers. That is not what the GPL says," he explained.

"Not all software used in Linux -- including drivers -- has to fall under the GPL license. The Linux inventor, Linus Torvalds, released his operating system under the GPL because he thought it was the best protection, according to Wacha. The GPL was not created for Linux."

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