Re: Linux GPL and binary module exception clause?

From: Stefan Smietanowski
Date: Fri Dec 05 2003 - 07:10:31 EST

Helge Hafting wrote:

Ihar 'Philips' Filipau wrote:

GPL is about distribution.

e.g. NVidia can distribute .o file (with whatever license they have to) and nvidia.{c,h} files (even under GPL license).
Then may do on behalf of user "gcc nvidia.c blob.o -o nvidia.ko". Resulting module are not going to be distributed - it is already at hand of end-user. So no violation of GPL whatsoever.

Open source still win if they do this. Anybody interested
may then read the restricted source and find out how
the chip works. They may then write an open driver
from scratch, using the knowledge.

What I think he means is that nvidia.c only contains glue code and
blob.o contains the secret parts just like the current driver from

// Stefan

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