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NDISwrapper and the GPL

Mar 04, 2008, 23:30 (2 Talkback[s])

"'A change after 2.6.24 broke ndiswrapper by accidentally removing its access to GPL-only symbols,' noted Pavel Roskin, offering a patch to address the issue. Linux creator Linus Torvalds was unimpressed, ;I'm not seeing why ndiswrapper should be treated separately. If it loads non-GPL modules, it shouldn't be able to use GPLONLY symbols.' The NDISwrapper project page explains, 'many vendors do not release specifications of the hardware or provide a Linux driver for their wireless network cards. This project implements Windows kernel API and NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification) API within Linux kernel. A Windows driver for wireless network card is then linked to this implementation so that the driver runs natively, as though it is in Windows, without binary emulation...'"

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