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Re: userspace drivers

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: userspace drivers
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 17:48:29 +0100
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On Thu, Feb 06, 2003 at 08:11:47AM -0800, Jeff Bailey wrote:
> There's also the side problem that the Linux kernel contains hundreds
> (thousands?) of drivers that any given person isn't going to need.  I
> think that having the drivers in a separate repository (and then
> possibly in a collection of different modules, depending on
> arch/need/etc) is probably nicer anyway to keep the amount that one
> needs to download to a minimum.

I like this idea, but then i have a question. can a system component
whose copyright is not transferred to the FSF become an essential part
of the GNU system? because when the Hurd runs on L4, userspace drivers
will be essential.

Robert Millan

"Omnis enim res, quad dando non deficit, dum habetur et non datur,
nondum habetur, quomodo habenda est."

"For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is
not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared." 

                Aurelius Augustinus (354-430)

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