[nycbug-talk] kernels

mlists at bizintegrators.com mlists
Thu Jun 3 15:18:43 EDT 2004

On Thu, Jun 03, 2004 at 02:56:44PM -0400, Bob Ippolito wrote:
> On Jun 3, 2004, at 2:52 PM, mlists at bizintegrators.com wrote:
> >On Thu, Jun 03, 2004 at 01:52:16PM -0400, Bob Ippolito wrote:
> >>NVidia's drivers aren't "accepted" by Linux either.  They are however
> >>legally allowed to exist, and perhaps some distributions of Linux
> >>include them for the convenience of the users.
> >>
> >>OpenBSD's license allows you to do more or less whatever you want,
> >>including linking in proprietary drivers.  The reason they don't exist
> >>is just because nobody has written them.  If I were to release some
> >>distribution of OpenBSD, I would be allowed to include whatever
> >>proprietary code I want in whatever form I so choose regardless of how
> >>it's linked to other code, because the BSD license is open to such
> >>scenarios.
> >
> >Yes, but that would be BobBSD.
> Exactly.  Linux is just the kernel, and the kernel team definitely does 
> not "accept" anything that is not compatible with their license.  It's 
> the distributions (none of which are called just Linux) that choose 
> whether or not to "accept" proprietary kernel modules.

OK, all I said was that I was happy that this was not included in
OpenBSD, the system (on project level, not the kernel. I assumed it
would be compared to a Linux distro, not Linux-the-kernel.

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