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Re: [opensuse] wireless doesn't work in suse 11 RC1
  • From: "Benji Weber" <benji@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 08:28:44 +0100
  • Message-id: <d6b310ce0806030028g2a327ce6uede5884ac814c7b2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
2008/6/3 John Andersen <jsamyth@xxxxxxxxx>:
Isn't it more likely Ubuntu have negotiated a redistribution license
or are simply using ndiswrapper with windows drivers downloaded
directly from the source?

This bugaboo of law suits is a lame excuse. If the lawyers that
veto all the drivers that suse leaves out or cripples spent half
that amount oif time on the phone negotiating redistribution
opensuse would be a complete distro out of the box/torrent.

These could be packaged separately so as safely segregate these
drivers from the GPL.

If the drivers require kernel modules then they must be licensed under
a GPL compatible licence[0]. Otherwise redistribution of those drivers
is a violation of the copyright of the kernel developers. Inclusion of
nvidia drivers etc is not a matter of getting permission from nvidia,
but of getting permission from the kernel developers. Linux is
distributed under the GPL, they had decided not to permit proprietary
drivers. Even if you wanted to get permission to distribute such a
driver it would not be possible to get permission from all kernel
developers to do so.

If you want a free operating system that allows proprietary drivers
then you probably want a BSD.

[0] http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#LinkingWithGPL

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Benjamin Weber
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