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Re: GPL question

From: CafTgr
Subject: Re: GPL question
Date: 31 Aug 2004 16:23:22 -0700

Rui Miguel Seabra <> wrote in message 
> On Mon, 2004-08-30 at 15:40 -0700, CafTgr wrote:
> > We are not modifying the kernel in any way. We would like to protect
> > our in-house software (that is, sell it without revealing the source).
> > Does the GPL allow this? My impression is that it does given that we
> > supply the source to the kernel (because it's GPL). Thanks in advance
> Regardless of what the GPL says, Linus has given some permission towards
> linking of binary modules.
> However, I am confused with your notion of protection. For such a small
> piece of softwar aren't you having a lot more costs in order to gain
> such allegded protection than simply releasing the module under the GPL?
> It would even be likely it could get integrated and that would reduce a
> lot the costs of development and maintainance as new Linux versions come
> out.
> My impression is that you're raising your costs due to a perceived
> protection that does not exist.
> Rui

You're probably right, but it's not my decision to make :)

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