Re: [PATCH 0/3] ACPI: parse the SPCR table

From: Aleksey Makarov
Date: Wed Jan 27 2016 - 07:22:26 EST

On 01/25/2016 07:11 PM, Peter Hurley wrote:
> On 01/25/2016 03:45 AM, Aleksey Makarov wrote:
>> This patchset is based on the patchset by Leif Lindholm [1]
>> 'ARM Server Base Boot Requirements' [2] mention SPCR
>> (Serial Port Console Redirection Table) [3] as a mandatory
>> ACPI table that specifies the configuration of serial console.
>> Licensing concerns have prevented implementing it in the past, but as of
>> 10 August 2015, these tables have both been released also under
>> OWF 1.0 [4].
> This license has a patent retaliation provision, which makes it
> incompatible with GPLv2.
> *If the license applies to this code*, then this patch set does not
> meet the criteria for submission.

The license applies not to this code but to the document describing the tables.

Here is an excerpt from it:

Patent Notice:
Microsoft is making certain patent rights available for implementations of this specification under two options:
1) Microsoftâs Community Promise, available at; or
2) The Open Web Foundation Final Specification Agreement Version 1.0 ("OWF 1.0")
as of October 1, 2012, available at

I believe that it means that the patch set meets the criteria for submission. Am I right?

Thank you
Aleksey Makarov