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NewsForge: Tainted Love: Proprietary Drivers and the Linux Kernel

Apr 28, 2004, 19:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"NewsForge has gone behind the scenes and spoken to Linus Torvalds and the CEO of one of the firms providing proprietary modules for Linux to learn more about this story.

"We queried Marc Boucher, president of Linuxant, Inc., by email yesterday, asking if it were true that their proprietary Linux drivers were 'lying' to the load module by including an 'end of string' sequence after the word 'GPL' in the binary code. Marc told us 'The \0 is a technical workaround to prevent a slew of redundant and confusing messages appearing on the console when our modem driver modules are loaded...'"

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