GPL flag for drivers

Thomas Dickey dickey at
Tue May 15 04:42:46 PDT 2007

On Tue, May 15, 2007 at 01:35:24PM +0200, Andreas Girlich wrote:
> > > 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.
> Why should they become annoyed? I don't understand that. If a OSS dev
> thinks he can do it better, he shall do so with his own code.

hmm - read the long digressions on the linux kernel mailing lists...
> The fact is, that if the vendors cannot help us (even though they
> should), we need to help us by ourselves. Therefore we need the code.

That's a different slice of the discussion: how would adding a flag
motivate the vendor into providing code?

Thomas E. Dickey
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