Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 18:40 UTC, submitted by Matt
GNU, GPL, Open Source The Kororaa project just issued a final statement about the GPL issue which arose earlier this year. "At this stage I have decided to take the opinion that non-GPL modules are violations of the Linux kernel and are also unethical. This means we will not build non-GPL drivers against the kernel and as such Kororaa will not be shipping non-GPL modules in any future products. Of course if the end user believes non-GPL drivers are acceptable, then he/she is free to install them on their own system. For myself however, I am using the Linux kernel to create a product. If it was not for Linux then it would not exist and I therefore have a responsibility to respect the license of the kernel."
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RE[4]: Uh...
by Earl Colby pottinger on Wed 4th Oct 2006 02:06 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Uh..."
Earl Colby pottinger
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> No, if you link to code under the GPL you are obligated to release code under the GPL, unless you
> do not distribute the binary. If you link to code under other licences your code cannot be distributed
> with GPL'ed code. There are exceptions for binaries linking to libraries.

So you are saying if I release code (full source and docs) that has a more free licence than GPL (ie for example if I put it into the public domain - free for all to use anyway they want) that GPL requires that the code be restricted more?

What little code I write is for two reasons, (a) to solve a problem I have, (b) to give out example code to help other solve simular problems. I want people to use my code freely, without guilt or restrictions.

If what you say about GPL is true, I can see why so many people don't trust it.

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