[nycbug-talk] kernels

Bob Ippolito bob
Thu Jun 3 11:50:41 EDT 2004

On Jun 3, 2004, at 10:11 AM, mlists at bizintegrators.com wrote:

>>> I'm very gratefull for OpenBSD's integrity, meaning things like 
>>> binary
>>> only drivers will never be accepted.
>> I don't see how this is true.
>> Sure binary only modules may not be possible, but binary only patches 
>> are
>> very much possible.  Additionally thanks to the liberal BSD license, 
>> this
>> becomes more so possible as opposed to the requirements of the GPL.
> I think binary patches and binary kernel modules are very different.
> Unless there is a source, or it complies with OpenBSD goals, they will
> not accept anything kernel or userland related. Even with source, and a
> bad license, they will not accept it. This is what I meant when I said
> the above.
> Binary patches patch already what is in the system. My comment only
> related to things like binary-only NV drivers, for example.

I don't get what you're trying to say here.  Linux won't accept kernel 
modules and patches that aren't GPL either, but it just so happens that 
there are third parties that provide a few binary only drivers.  In the 
case of OpenBSD, you just don't have any interested third parties (that 
I'm aware of).


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