GPL and kernel .config file

Kyle Waters unum at
Tue Jun 26 16:47:22 MDT 2007

Stephen Ward wrote:
> the kernel on our LiveCD.  Does anyone know if this is a legitimate 
> claim?
> Does the .config file count as source code that we need to make 
> available?

Section 3 paragraph 2 :

"For an executable work, complete source code means all the source code 
for all modules it contains, plus any associated interface definition 
files, plus the scripts used to control compilation and installation of 
the executable."

I'd have to say he's right.


no amount of fear can stop the rise of free media, or free software (they are the same, after all)

Jonathan Swartz
CEO Sun Microsystems

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