Subject: Re: softdep
To: Laine Stump <>
From: Matthew Orgass <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/18/1999 14:39:19
On Thu, 18 Nov 1999, Laine Stump wrote:

> As I understand it, the reason that GPL'ed code has been kept out of the
> kernel (and GPL'ed userland is kept in a separate tree in the source) is to
> make basing products on NetBSD simpler, and it can be one of the deciding
> factors when choosing the OS. If there is a single GPL'ed file in the base
> kernel, then doesn't the entire kernel effectively become GPL'ed? (ie,
> doesn't that mean that any changes you make to existing files in the
> kernel, as well as new files you add, must be made publicly available?) Or
> is my interpretation more strict that reality?

  Yes, not only that but all LKMs too....

Matthew Orgass