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Linking a proprietary lib.a into the Linux kernel?

From: Luke Scharf
Subject: Linking a proprietary lib.a into the Linux kernel?
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 09:23:49 -0500

I hope that this isn't a FAQ issue.  Also, I'll leave out the vendor and
device name for the good of all involved.  :-)

Anyway, we purchased a board.  The board is expensive (~$16k new) and
aimed at a very small market.  The vendor ONLY releases the Linux device
driver as a binary in the form of a file called libMyDevice.a.  This
gets linked into the kernel at compile time.  All other changes are
provided by a diff.

BTW, we had to sign an agreement promising not to reverse-engineer our
copy of their board.

Is this allowed under the GPL?

Thank you!

P.S. I'm not on this list, so I'd appreciate it if you all would CC me!
Luke Scharf, Student Researcher & Sysadmin
Virginia Tech Configurable Computing

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