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[6]: Miss-information
by FooBarWidget on Thu 1st Feb 2007 22:47 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Miss-information"
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- "Viral" means that I have no choice, that someone or something forces me to GPL my code even if I don't want to. Just like how a virus infects me when I don't want to be sick. That is not the case - the choice is ultimately up to me. Therefore it cannot be viral.
- Yes I can get sued, but I still have the choice to remove the GPL'ed code instead of GPLing my entire codebase.
- "Viral" has a heavily negative meaning. The GPL is not inherently negative.

Instead of calling it "viral", call it "transitive". That is a much more objective word than a flamebait-loaded word like "viral".

Edited 2007-02-01 22:54

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