[linux-elitists] [dave@farber.net: [IP] more on next obvious question]

Greg KH greg@kroah.com
Tue Jun 7 08:07:27 PDT 2005

On Tue, Jun 07, 2005 at 09:08:45AM +0200, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> 2. *If* apple wants to support the OS on third-party machines, they make
> interfaces available that enable third-party drivers, such as the
> existing Linux drivers, to be ported to their OS. The existing OS is
> BSD-based. It would be very feasible to add a binary module loading
> interface that would allow existing linux drivers to be executed
> **without raising any licensing problems.**

It's illegal to put GPL drivers into a BSD kernel, hence, this isn't an

> If I wanted to *prevent* this behavior, it's very very easy. I take
> advantage of the DRM technology on the latest generation of Pentiums to
> ensure that the OS only runs successfully on machines shipped by Apple.

Based on the quality of the current set of patches floating around for
Linux to support the Intel DRM, I really don't think we have much to
worry about...


greg k-h

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