GPL flag for drivers

Thomas Dickey dickey at
Tue May 15 04:23:07 PDT 2007

On Tue, May 15, 2007 at 02:16:52PM +0300, Daniel Stone wrote:
> On Tue, May 15, 2007 at 07:09:04AM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> > On Tue, May 15, 2007 at 12:57:58PM +0200, Andreas Girlich wrote:
> > > Sorry for calling it "GPL flag", call it Free Software Flag instead..
> > > or what you like.
> > 
> > Well, since's licensing doesn't prohibit _any_ use of the code,
> > while GPL does, it's probably going to be difficult to phrase the question
> > in a sense that won't offend someone.
> Of course not.  You don't have to prohibit use of the code, but if a
> closed-source driver is loaded, you can just note that you need to
> contact the vendor of the closed driver for support, since we are
> obviously unable to offer any.

That could be useful - but going back to the example given in the kernel
developers, there's a large faction that would like to use that information
to annoy developers of the non-GPL drivers.

Thomas E. Dickey
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