Possibly OT: Splitting Hairs Over GPL?

Aaron Toponce aaron.toponce at gmail.com
Wed Apr 7 16:36:31 MDT 2010


On 4/7/2010 2:23 PM, Michael Torrie wrote:
> That said, I'm not sure what you are referring to either.  Since
> loadable kernel modules are linked in at run-time, they must be GPL (at
> least to be shipped legally).  NVidia has a GPL'd wrapper that they ship
> which loads a binary blob, which is legal for them to do, since it is
> actually you who is loading an incompatible thing into the kernel (which
> the GPL can have no say over).

I am referring mainly to the NVidia drivers as well as ATi. I wasn't
aware of the GPL wrapper. My understand was the kernel was linking
directly to the binary blob, which I understand to be a violation of the
GPL code.


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