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LinuxDevices: Binary-only Module GPL Issues--Redux

Oct 24, 2002, 01:00 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Dankwardt)

"The September 2001 discussion began with a posting by Arjan van de Ven, stating that he was composing a list of existing binary-only drivers for Linux. A number of other contributors replied with additional drivers. It was pointed out that the amount of source code provided, and whether it was GPL'd, varied from driver to driver. Thus, the issue was more than just about binary-only.

"The binary-only module issue regarding LSM hinges on differences in opinion as to whether LSM related modules should be required to be GPL'd. As an example, Alan Cox wrote "With the current lunatic US congress proposals on security, crypto and building big brother into all PC's I'd say allowing non GPL security modules is positively dangerous to the well being of non US citizens."

"One of the developers of LSM, Greg Kroah-Hartman, proposed a comment for a header file, that seeked to clarify that the LSM mechanism could be used by only GPL'd modules. The comment in the header file was "This file may not be included in any code not licensed under the list of accepted free software licenses as defined in module.h contained in this same directory..."

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