[linux-audio-user] Interesting Tidbit: The Midas XL8 uses Linux

Lee Revell rlrevell at joe-job.com
Sat Jun 10 13:15:52 EDT 2006

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.


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