Synaptics MIT license approved

Alan Cox alan at
Thu May 17 09:10:55 PDT 2007

On Thu, 17 May 2007 16:58:25 +0100
Matthew Garrett <mjg59 at> wrote:

> On Thu, May 17, 2007 at 04:21:34PM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > As Alan noted, the issue is derivation rather than linking. For this to 
> > > actually be a problem, we would need to hold that the X server is a 
> > > derived work of the GPLed Synaptics driver (thereby falling under the 
> > 
> > Or vice versa.
> Producing a derived work of a BSDed codebase and licensing the derived 
> work under the GPL doesn't make the BSD codebase suddenly GPL.

Indeed. At the point you combine GPL and BSD code you get GPL code (the
so called viral nature) but it does not somehow back infect previous
code). The result of the combining affects both halves however.


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