Re: GPL vs non-GPL device drivers

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Sun Feb 18 2007 - 15:20:51 EST


> >Contrawise, if Embedded developers do contribute their
> >device driver
> >changes back to the kernel, they will be fine. ...
> ---
> In fairness, though, some of the developers WILL bitch
> about your not
> using a recent kernel and not providing patches until
> products ship,
> despite that meeting the letter of the license. Some of
> the notes in

Well, of course developers will complain, they _always_ complain. But
it is very different kind of complain... first is

'I think you are violating the law, you are evil'

and second is

'Thank you for playing by the rules, but you know, your code is not
mergeable right now'.

> this thread do exactly that. And I HAVE seen real
> developers say
> something very close to "Your code is based on a kernel
> too old to
> have any value to us" even though they would also claim
> abuse if the
> code hadn't been made available at all. And I've seen

Yep, and guess what, thats okay. Someone with more time than they do
may decide to forward port the code and/or rewrite it for new kernel.

I was doing exactly that with 2.4 sharp sl-5500 code.

(cesky, pictures)
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