Synaptics MIT license approved

Alex Deucher alexdeucher at
Wed May 16 14:15:42 PDT 2007

On 5/16/07, Matthew Garrett <mjg59 at> wrote:
> On Wed, May 16, 2007 at 10:59:22PM +0200, Christoph Brill wrote:
> > I also have been told that MIT/X11 license is incompatible with GPLv2.
> > If that is not the fact, why was I told that this driver can never be
> > shipped with the sources?
> It's a policy decision, not a legal one. There's a desire to keep the
> main tree GPLed.
> > c) move the driver over to and keep it GPLv2 and hope
> >    that developers will touch the driver to reflect changes that
> >    happen
> >
> > "a)" is the most work with no real benefit. "b)" least work but I
> > already spent to much time for that. "c)" is what I thought was
> > impossible.
> I don't see (c) as being a problem, though it may discourage some
> vendors from shipping the code.

Last time this was suggested, the general opinion was to not allow it
into freedesktop since it was and xorg driver that was GPL.


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