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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RE[2]: GPL software users
by dylansmrjones on Sat 25th Nov 2006 15:13 UTC in reply to "RE: GPL software users"
dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

[i]The developers (Nvidia) or the redistributor (Ubuntu) would just act illegally if they distribute the wrapper under the GPL when it needs this binary blob to work.[i/]

Wrong. It's perfectly legal to distribute GPL'ed sources linked to non-GPL'ed sources. It is however not legal to distribute proprietary packages linked to GPL'ed packages.

But GPL can always link to non-GPL. However, non-GPL becomes GPL when linked to GPL. That's also why you can distribute the nVidia-drivers. If distributing the nVidia-driver was truly a GPL-violation FSF would have attacked nVidia long ago.

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RE[3]: GPL software users
by nicolasb on Sat 25th Nov 2006 15:17 in reply to "RE[2]: GPL software users"
nicolasb Member since:
2006-08-22

NVidia isn't distributing the driver with the kernel linked. They are merely distruting a blob and a wrapper.

What is illegal is to distribute the nvidia driver already linked with the kernel.

What the user at home or at work does is no one business.
But if a distributor links the driver with the kernel and ships it, it's illegal, period. They don't have the right to do it.

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RE[4]: GPL software users
by dylansmrjones on Sat 25th Nov 2006 18:20 in reply to "RE[3]: GPL software users"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

It is not necessarily illegal. It depends on how the linking happens. _If_ the binary blob links to the wrapper it's illegal, but if it's the wrapper that links to the binary blob it'll be perfectly legal.

And distributing the binary blob along side the kernel is under no circumstances illegal, if the blob hasn't been installed. One could download the driver-package from nVidia, put it on an install-cd and unpack the driver during installation. In that case it will be perfectly legal, since the source wrapper hasn't been compiled yet, and the binary blob links to nothing.

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