Synaptics MIT license approved

Alan Coopersmith alan.coopersmith at
Wed May 16 14:17:40 PDT 2007

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?

GPL adds restrictions to distributors that X.Org has traditionally wanted
to avoid, such as the requirement that source be provided for all parts,
which would lead to the same endless arguments over the ATI & nVidia closed
drivers that infest the various Linux forums.

GPL software can include MIT/X11 code, just as it can BSD code, but for
MIT/X11 code to include GPL code, it needs to accept the additional terms
of the GPL that go beyond the MIT/X11 terms.

	-Alan Coopersmith-           alan.coopersmith at
	 Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering

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