Tainted love: proprietary drivers and the Linux kernel

Posted by dave on Apr 28, 2004 2:13 PM EDT
NewsForge; By Joe Barr
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As reported on Slashdot and elsewhere, Linux kernel hackers have discovered that some proprietary modules running on the Linux kernel have been "lying" about their licensing. Doing so allows those modules to pass the automated license test done when they are loaded and thus escape the "tainted kernel" messages the loader would otherwise produce. NewsForge has gone behind the scenes and spoken to Linus Torvalds and the CEO of one of the firms providing proprietary modules for Linux to learn more about this story.

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