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
Member since:
2005-07-06

> 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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RE[5]: Uh...
by dylansmrjones on Wed 4th Oct 2006 03:55 in reply to "RE[4]: Uh..."
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

No no...

The sources can have any less protective license you would like. But if your project contains GPL'ed sources your binary must be released as GPL. But the source files you write can have any free, less protective license.

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