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Re: Liscense issues..

From: Kragen Sitaker <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 17:06:31 -0500 (EST)
On Thu, 7 Jan 1999, Sean E. Millichamp wrote:
> Disclaimer: IANAL
> While there is often much BSD-ish code in various Linux distributions I
> thought that the GPL prohibited inclusion of, or linking to, any code that
> is non-GPL.

Pretty much.  You can license your version of XFree86 code under the
GPL if you like.  So it's OK to link it with GPLed code.

>  Since the Linux kernel is GPL would that not prohibit the
> linking/inclusion of BSD code into the kernel tree?

Yes, because the BSD license includes some restrictions that make it
impossible to distribute it under the GPL.

> I think that the only
> way that it could happen legally is by a loadable module, am I way off on
> this?

RMS believes that loadable modules violate the GPL; Linus disagrees.
Eventually someone will sue someone, and it'll be settled in court.

<>       Kragen Sitaker     <>
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Received on 1999-01-07 17:05:48