Subject: Re: gpl vs bsd
To: Tim & Alethea Larson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Michael <email@example.com>
Date: 08/29/2007 15:17:01
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On Aug 29, 2007, at 10:04, Tim & Alethea Larson wrote:
> Michael Lorenz wrote:
>> There's a valkyrie driver in the current linux kernel, no need to go
> What about licensing? Won't that be an issue? I thought it would
> preclude us from borrowing much of anything from Linux.
The license prevents us from copying code which nobody proposed doing.
It wouldn't be practical anyway since linux console drivers are
fundamentally different from NetBSD ones.
And if we really wanted to copy code we could always ask the original
authors for permission - when writing the dbri audio driver I used
someone else's work as base which later turned out to be based on a
linux driver so instead of rewriting the thing I tracked down the
people who wrote it, got their permission to use the code in a BSD
licensed driver, mentioned them in the credits and that's it.
But what we're talking about here are register offsets to talk to the
DAC, if anyone owns the specs it's the hardware vendor. So, as long as
we don't actually copy anything from GPLed source code we should be
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