Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Nov 2006 23:05 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth is trying to entice OpenSUSE developers to join Ubuntu. "Novell's decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shockwaves through the community. If you are an OpenSUSE developer who is concerned about the long term consequences of this pact, you may be interested in some of the events happening next week as part of the Ubuntu Open Week."
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I think the loophole is that binary driver developers use a layer which is compatible with GPL but also allows linking to binary blobs. It's a gray area but seems OK with most kernel developers.
Distros don't ship binary drivers for two reasons:
-free software philosophy
-need for agreement with company that created the driver

I might be wrong too though ;)

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