Re: [PATCH] paravirt.h

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Sun Aug 20 2006 - 04:56:19 EST

On Sat, 19 Aug 2006, Jeremy Fitzhardinge wrote:
> Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > These are Linux specific operations.
> >
> > Without an _GPL you are in the grey area where courts have to decide whether
> > a module using this would be a derived work according to copyright law in
> > $country_of_the_court and therefore has to be GPL.
> >
> > With the _GPL, everything is clear without any lawyers involved.
> >
> Hardly. The _GPL is a hint as to the intent of the author, but it is no more
> than a hint.
> My intent here (and I think the intent of the other authors) is not to cause
> breakage of things which currently work, so the _GPL is not appropriate for
> that reason. Paravirt_ops is a restatement of many interfaces which already
> exist in Linux in a non-_GPL form, so making the structure _GPL is effectively

My copy of linux-2.6.18-rc4/COPYING doesn't mention anything about these
`non-_GPL' interfaces. It does mention `normal system calls', but AFAIK symbols
exported to modules are not syscalls.

> relicensing them.

That's a pretty strong statement...



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