Microsoft: GPL Contribution Not Brought on by GPL Violation

Microsoft’s GPL code drop is still gripping the headlines on tech websites on the internet, and at OSNews, we’re always happy to comply. So, do we have news? Yes, we do: yesterday, we reported that the code drop was brought on by a GPL violation. Stephen Hemminger first detailed the story, and Greg Kroah-Hartman confirmed it. Now, we have Microsoft squarely denying this is the case.

Microsoft’s Sam Ramji, senior director of platform strategy, blogged about the GPL violation story yesterday, clearly stating that it is not true. “Microsoft’s decision was not based on any perceived obligations tied to the GPLv2 license,” Ramji writes.

He also carefully repeats what the real reasons for the code drop were – according to Microsoft, of course. “For business reasons and for customers, we determined it was beneficial to release the drivers to the kernel community under the GPLv2 license through a process that involved working closely with Greg Kroah-Hartman, who helped us understand the community norms and licensing options surrounding the drivers.”

I guess we’ll never truly know what the real story is behind all this, and I understand some of you may wonder why it’s relevant. Well, the relevance lies in that if the code drop was brought on by a GPL violation, we probably won’t see more Microsoft code donated to the Linux kernel on a regular basis.


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