[linux-audio-user] Interesting Tidbit: The Midas XL8 uses Linux
eviltwin69 at cableone.net
Sat Jun 10 14:08:01 EDT 2006
On Sat, 2006-06-10 at 13:15 -0400, Lee Revell wrote:
> On Sat, 2006-06-10 at 08:01 -0500, Jan Depner wrote:
> > On Fri, 2006-06-09 at 22:33 -0400, Lee Revell wrote:
> > > On Fri, 2006-06-09 at 22:12 -0400, M P Smoak wrote:
> > > > So a company that wanted to have a proprietary connection to linux
> > > > could write an open source blob and a closed connection to the blob
> > > > for their closed hardware/software? ie linux remains useable for
> > > > companies.
> > > >
> > >
> > > Not if the closed part was specifically developed to run on Linux. The
> > > key is whether it's a "derived work" as far as copyright law is
> > > concerned or not.
> > >
> > You can develop a closed package to specifically run on Linux. It
> > is not in violation of the GPL. This is the old Micr$oft "GPL is a
> > cancer" FUD. What you can't do is use GPL code in a closed application.
> I am talking about KERNEL DRIVERS. Please re-read the thread. Of
> course you can develop a closed USERSPACE package.
> The kernel is GPL. Drivers are part of the kernel. Therefore you
> cannot develop a closed source kernel driver.
What would you call the NVIDIA driver?
Jan 'Evil Twin' Depner
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