Re: Re: Re: Why is Nvidia given GPL'd code to use in closed source drivers?

A Guy Called Tyketto (
Tue, 31 Dec 2002 21:51:45 -0800

On Wed, Jan 01, 2003 at 05:30:18AM +0000, wrote:
> They are stealing by changing GPL files, and not giving the source, its

And just how the smeg do you KNOW they're CHANGING these files, aye?
Do you have some super secret K-9 nose that the rest of us don't, and can
tell? Have you reverse engineered the binary to see? Please, enlighten us.

not for personal use so they are DISTRIBUTING it, and INCLUDING IT.

This does not make sense. You're saying they're changing GPL'd files,
though they can use them any way they choose, as long as they notify the
original author of the changes they made. Whether they redistribute the CODE,
is up to them. They chose not to. As long as they have notified those who
wrote the headers, no GPL violation has been made.

BUT they dont give out their DERIVED source.

Once again, there is no clause in the GPL that states they MUST give
out the code. All they need to do is notify the author. Also, They MUST give
out the code, if they've MODIFIED the headers. You'd be stewing and eating
your boots for dinner if NVidia released the code, and you found no headers to
be modified. their code, they can do anything they want. But for the headers,
all they'd need to do for changing their code, is to keep a current version of
the headers from the kernel, and program their C code to their content. Once
again, No. GPL. Violation.

I work with C everyday and when you put in a header file you are including it,
all kernel headers are GPL. I read the license 4 times a day and have
since 1995.

And we don't deal with C at all. The kernel is programmed in COBOL,
ADA, Modula-2, Mumps, and Pick. Hell, I just might port it part of it over to
Logo. Oh damn.. Apple will sue me for that.. Let's port it to C! I'll learn
it, with my trusty Visual C, and Borland C compilers! </sarcasm>


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