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Re:Packaging LiveCD with proprietary Nvidia driver

Posted by: Nathan Willis on October 17, 2006 05:33 AM
I would recommend reading Kororaa's official statement on the issue here: <a href="http://kororaa.org/static.php?page=gpl" title="kororaa.org">http://kororaa.org/static.php?page=gpl</a kororaa.org>

In short, there are three points:


  1. It is unclear, legally speaking, if non-GPL drivers can even exist without violating the GPL on the Linux kernel itself

  2. The Kororaa team defers to the stance of the kernel developers and their interpretation of this question

  3. The Kororaa developers have decided that they are morally opposed to closed-source kernel drivers and do not want to distribute them with Kororaa even if they were to be proven acceptible in a legal situtation


Kororaa was not forced to remove the proprietary drivers, they studied the issue and decided to remove them. However, neither that decision nor any of the three points made in the Kororaa statement bears authority to influence another distro.

I'd be interested to hear what the Sabayon developers think about these issues; there is clearly some disagreement around the entire subject, and I for one have yet to hear convincing arguments on either side.

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