that old GNU/Linux argument

Gordon Messmer yinyang at
Sat Jul 26 22:09:14 UTC 2008

Antonio Olivares wrote:
> If the information cannot be moved, how come the wireless drivers
> built with BSD license in OpenBSD by Theo de Raadt  were moved to GPL
> license.

Theo didn't write the drivers.  Reyk Floeter and Sam Leffler did.

The drivers weren't "moved" to the GPL, either.  There was a mistake 
early on, where the BSD license was removed from the atheros driver 
files.  It should be noted that this did not actually *legally* change 
the distribution terms for those files, and in fact was a violation of 
their copyright.  That was corrected shortly thereafter.

Theo continued to complain about the lack of cooperation between the 
Linux driver authors and the original OpenBSD developers.  The problem 
that he perceived was that the Linux driver developers created a derived 
work, and the code that *they* contributed to the driver was licensed 
only under the GPL.  This made it unacceptable for the OpenBSD 
developers to use the modifications from the Linux developers.

There was never any "moving" involved.  The original code was BSD 
licensed, and remained BSD licensed when it was included in the Linux 

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