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Re: USB -- GPLv3 compatibility

From: olafBuddenhagen
Subject: Re: USB -- GPLv3 compatibility
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 23:20:50 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)


On Mon, Dec 01, 2008 at 12:41:08AM +0100, Davi Leal wrote:

> If you port a driver you should take into account the license such
> driver use.  IMHO the Hurd should go towards full GPLv3 compatibility.

Currently the drivers live in GNU Mach, which is a dependency of the
actual Hurd, but otherwise they are quite disconnected. The license of
Mach does not affect the license of Hurd and vice versa.

Note that the Mach code is actually BSD-licensed, and we have no
intention of changing this -- most of the code is not written by us
anyways. Thus, GPLv3 compatibility for GNU Mach seems rather

It would be a whole different story of course if we started to run
drivers in user space, making them part of the Hurd proper.


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