Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 09:43 UTC
Microsoft Sometimes, some things are just too good to be true. Earlier this week, Microsoft made a relatively stunning announcement that it would contribute some 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, licensed under the GPL. Microsoft isn't particularly fond of either Linux or the GPL, so this was pretty big news. As it turns out, the code drop was brought on by... A GPL violation.
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RE[7]: Didn't require release
by Ford Prefect on Fri 24th Jul 2009 16:16 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Didn't require release"
Ford Prefect
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2006-01-16

Ok I try to make it clear again:
If you link your code to GPL code and distribute it, it is considered derived work and has also to be distributed under GPL.

They can surely distribute their code under whatever license they want but not if linking to the linux kernel.

And this is a perfectly o.k. feature of the GPL, which some call "viral". And I am lucky the GPL is as it is.

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