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Re: nvidia



Alan Cox wrote:
Nvidia isn't 'bad' in any normal sense. They just have not made source code available for their drivers available under GPL terms as some small fraction of users would like to demand.

Please see the COPYING file and the GPL licence. If you are creating a
derivative work of the Linux kernel as a lot of us think the Nvidia
drivers for Linux are then you are required to abide by the licence, in
exactly the same way as you are required to obey other licences.

It's very imaginative to consider a device driver for a device that clearly works under other operating systems to be a derivative of one of those OS's. And the position would be a little more believable if accompanied by some court decisions that permitted interfaces needed for normal operation to be copyrighted. But I don't think you really want the latter...

In any case the result would just be that nvidia owners won't be able to run Linux. And the real question is, why do you want that - or even to make it more difficult than necessary for those users?

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  Les Mikesell
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