[linux-elitists] [email@example.com: [IP] more on next obvious question]
Tue Jun 7 13:29:12 PDT 2005
On Tue, Jun 07, 2005 at 03:23:07PM -0500, le wrote:
> But what do you feel is wrong with the inclusion of GPL software/drivers
> and including or making available the source code for those derived
I'm sorry, but I'm confused as to exactly what you are referring to? Do
you mean, "What is wrong with combining a BSD licensed chunk of code
with a GPL licensed chunk of code and redistributing the resulting
binary?" If so, that's just illegal.
If you want to offer up source code that a user then builds together,
thereby doing the linking themselves and never redistributing the
resulting binary, sure, I don't have a problem with it as it is legal,
but very impractical and nothing any sane company would try to use as
their only way to support their hardware platforms.
> It still would just work if some effort went into the work before
What do you mean by "some effort"?
> Nothing says the GPL portion need be complete functional code in it's
> own to be useful as a portion of another work.
Agreed, but what are you trying to argue here?
Ok, come on people, I do know the whole "distribute as source" issues
about the GPL and BSD licenses. Geesh, give me, as someone who has
written a whole buttload of GPL code and argued in enough GPL
flamefests on lkml and talked to way more IP lawyers than I ever want
to about the GPL, a bit more credit here.
Bah, back to code, I need to remember to not feed the license trolls
anymore, they've already ripped enough flesh from me for today...
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