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Re: LGPL or GPL+"plugins welcome" ?

From: Stefaan A Eeckels
Subject: Re: LGPL or GPL+"plugins welcome" ?
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 17:47:45 +0200

On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 15:43:52 +0200
Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:

> Stefaan A Eeckels wrote:
> [...]
> > Parts of the kernel are copyright Linus Torvalds,
> > thus your second statement is incorrect.
> Idiot.

Name calling won't get you anywhere, or sympathy :-) 

If you're not happy with the idea that you goofed
when you said that there weren't _any_ exceptions,
what about (from the 2.4.18 source tree):

|       This software may be used and distributed according to the terms of
|       the GNU General Public License (GPL), incorporated herein by reference.
|       Drivers based on or derived from this code fall under the GPL and must
|       retain the authorship, copyright and license notice.  This file is not
|       a complete program and may only be used when the entire operating
|       system is licensed under the GPL. (from drivers/net/8139cp.c)

| /*  Copyright, 1988-1992, Russell Nelson, Crynwr Software
|    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
|    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
|    the Free Software Foundation, version 1. (from drivers/net/cs89x0.h)

An extension, and a module under version 1. There are
also a a couple of modules under the BSD license (cfr.
drivers/net/bsd_comp.c, scsi/aic7xxx/queue.h). 
Other modules are licensed under version 2 or any later
version, some under version 2 alone.

Then there is this (from char/tpqic02.c):

| * Copyright (c) 1992--1996 by H. H. Bergman. All rights reserved.
| * Current e-mail address:
| *
| * Distribution of this program in executable form is only allowed if
| * all of the corresponding source files are made available through the same
| * medium at no extra cost.
| *
| * I will not accept any responsibility for damage caused directly or
| * indirectly by this program, or code derived from this program.
| *
| * Use this code at your own risk. Don't blame me if it destroys your data!
| * Make sure you have a backup before you try this code.
| *
| * If you make changes to my code and redistribute it in source or binary
| * form you must make it clear to even casual users of your code that you
| * have modified my code, clearly point out what the changes exactly are
| * (preferably in the form of a context diff file), how to undo your changes,
| * where the original can be obtained, and that complaints/requests about the
| * modified code should be directed to you instead of me.
| *
| * This driver was partially inspired by the 'wt' driver in the 386BSD
| * source distribution, which carries the following copyright notice:
| *
| *  Copyright (c) 1991 The Regents of the University of California.
| *  All rights reserved.
| *
| * You are not allowed to change this line nor the text above.

Which is clearly not the GPL (source available through the same

Thus, your utterance to the effect that

> The kernel is licensed under the GPL without any exceptions.

is incorrect.

"What is stated clearly conceives easily."  -- Inspired sales droid

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