Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 14th Dec 2006 03:00 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Linux "It's always an interesting day when you get to write a kernel patch, at the urging of Andrew Morton, that notifies the world that non-GPL Linux kernel modules will not work after January 2008 and write some poetry all in the same message." More here. Hopefully, many closed-source drivers will be opened during the next year if this patch goes through. Update: Linus responds.
Thread beginning with comment 191935
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: But...
by eosp on Thu 14th Dec 2006 05:01 UTC in reply to "But..."
eosp
Member since:
2005-07-07

Anyway, the GPL only applies when you try to distribute the software.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: But...
by thebluesgnr on Thu 14th Dec 2006 05:05 in reply to "RE: But..."
thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

Distribute, copy or modify. If you modify Linux by loading a kernel module you have to comply with the terms of the GPL.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[3]: But...
by hal2k1 on Thu 14th Dec 2006 05:15 in reply to "RE[2]: But..."
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//Distribute, copy or modify. If you modify Linux by loading a kernel module you have to comply with the terms of the GPL.//

No. AFIAK you can modify your own copy of GPL software to your own heart's content, and never have to publish your modifications if you don't feel inclined to do so. The GPL only applies if you try to redistribute the code.

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[3]: But...
by dylansmrjones on Thu 14th Dec 2006 07:09 in reply to "RE[2]: But..."
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

No. You don't have to comply with the GPL unless you distribute the GPL'ed software.

Reply Parent Score: 4