Re: Tainted Modules Help Notices

From: Keith Owens (
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 08:50:48 EST

On Wed, 10 Oct 2001 09:20:58 +0100,
David Woodhouse <> wrote:
>BSD-licensed modules shouldn't mark the kernel as tainted. If they do,
>that's surely a bug.

Any license not listed in include/linux/module.h is not GPL compatible.
That list is currently (2.4.11)

"GPL" [GNU Public License v2 or later]
"GPL and additional rights" [GNU Public License v2 rights and more]
"Dual BSD/GPL" [GNU Public License v2 or BSD license choice]
"Dual MPL/GPL" [GNU Public License v2 or Mozilla license choice]

>The warning should probably read 'Incompatible licence' instead of 'non-GPL',

No. Any license text not approved as GPL compatible is, by definition,

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