Re: A proposal - binary

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Mon Aug 07 2006 - 20:10:50 EST

On Sun 2006-08-06 15:45:29, Zachary Amsden wrote:
> Pavel Machek wrote:
> > should be very easy to opensource simple 'something' layer. If
> >it is so complex it is 'hard' to opensource, it is missdesigned,
> >anyway... so fix the design.
> >
> It's not a design issue - it's a legal issue at this point, and one that
> I'm not qualified to come up with a good answer for. The biggest
> technical issue I think for open sourcing the VMI, is that it is not
> part of the kernel, but stand alone firmware with a rather bizarre build
> environment, so the code alone is not sufficient to allow it to be open
> sourced, but this is not a hard problem to solve.

Well, I guess we'd like VMI to be buildable in normal kernel build
tools ... and at that point, open sourcing it should be _really_ easy.

And we'd prefer legal decisions not to influence technical ones. Maybe
we will decide to use binary interface after all, but seeing GPLed,
easily-buildable interface, first, means we can look at both solutions
and decide which one is better.
(cesky, pictures)
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