Re: binary modules (was Re: ReiserFS / 2.4.6 / Data Corruption)

From: Rik van Riel (
Date: Sat Jul 28 2001 - 14:02:47 EST

On Sat, 28 Jul 2001, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Alan Cox wrote:
> > The Linux freevxfs module is read only currently. Veritas apparently will be
> > releasing the genuine article for Linux but binary only with all the mess
> > that entails
> Isn't that a violation of the GPL, to release binary modules?

Binary modules using only the interfaces exported in /proc/ksyms
are, under certain readings of the GPL, no less "infected" by the
GPL than binary programs making system calls.

This means binary only modules are ok, as long as they don't need
changes in the kernel to work.



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