GPL Issue and the linux kernel

Jerome Alet alet at
Tue Feb 25 10:45:55 UTC 2003

On Tue, Feb 25, 2003 at 10:12:48AM +0000, Alex Hudson wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 25, 2003 at 10:03:28AM +0100, Jerome Alet wrote:
> > However IIRC Linus, in his great wisdom :-((, chose to allow 
> > proprietary "modules" in the Linux kernel
> I don't think that's the case. There are obviously problems with the Linux
> licence - the version 2 only thing, for example - but there isn't anything
> which says you can link proprietary modules with the kernel.
> He did say that he thought it would be possible to write a module that
> was not derived from the kernel, and therefore it's likely that it a) 
> wouldn't infringe itself, and b) wouldn't infringe by contribution - I 
> think in the case of nVidia drivers, etc., that might well be the case.
> I can't say that I think it would be common, though.
> See:

OK so I didn't remember correctly. Sorry.

bye, and thanks for the clarification

Jerome Alet

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