Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Nov 2010 22:24 UTC, submitted by koki
GNU, GPL, Open Source Now this is interesting. We see what is at its core a very valid concern, in practice not a problem to anyone, and, thanks to the tone of the press release, close to trolling. The Free Software Foundation Latin America is complaining about something that has been known for a while - there is some non-Free code stuck in the Linux kernel (mostly firmware). A valid issue of concern from an idealogical viewpoint, but sadly, the tone of the press release turns this valid concern into something close to trolling.
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Slambert666
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2008-10-30

It's obvious the Linux Kernel is a work that in part contains another GPL'ed work (many, actually). You could certainly argue that because the firmware blobs, even though they're not drivers, are distributed with the kernel, they are part of 'the work' and thus should be licensed under the terms of the GPL.


A distro like ubuntu contains GPL and non GPL (LGPL, BSD, MIT, etc. etc.). Your argument is that since this is all distributed together with GPL software, it must all be GPL (or nothing).

Besides being absurd on its own, there is nothing in the GPL that mandates this. The Kernel is a software bundle, as is a distro.

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