Closed source modules will be banned from kernel?

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Tue Jul 8 01:11:36 UTC 2008

Antonio Olivares wrote:
> Thank you Alan for sharing your expertise on this issue.  I also wonder if the kernel ever gets released under GPL v3.  If it does, then surely the binary stuff would be banned for good.

GPLv2 vs GPLv3 doesn't make much of a difference. There is no specific 
language covering proprietary modules in either license. It is copyright 
holders intent and the definition of derivative work that matters. 
Several copyright holders have clearly established their intent in the 
position statement.


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