Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Feb 2007 14:41 UTC, submitted by Oliver
FreeBSD "Linux has a large amount of device drivers for hardware not supported on FreeBSD, especially USB devices. Not rarely, such drivers have been written based on information derived by protocol sniffing, reverse engineering and the like. This makes the code highly undocumented, and renders the porting effort extremely error prone. To help with this task, I decided to start working on an emulation layer that would let us recompile the linux source code on FreeBSD, and provide a sufficiently complete emulation of the kernel APIs so that device drivers (or at least certain classes) could be used without modifications to their source code."
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RE[5]: Miss-information
by Manik on Thu 1st Feb 2007 22:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Miss-information"
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I fail to see how your post contradict the parent. He says : If you use GPL code in your software, then your software needs to be GPL'd. You answer : Uhm, no. The other code doesn't force me to GPL my own code[...]If I don't want my code to be GPL'ed then I don't use the other code.

And if you "accidentally" use GPL'ed code in your code, and do not GPL it, you'll be sued, and will have either to remove the GPL'ed code (cease and desist), or GPL your code (I have yet to see a developper suing for reuse of his code in a GPL application).

As for the last part of your comment, I thought the goal of free software was precisely to be reused, if necessary, under the conditions mandated by the license. AFAIK, Microsoft doesn't allow any reuse of its code, so it cannot be viral.

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