GPL and missing licenses in xf86-input-keyboard? (was Re: [ANNOUNCE] xf86-input-keyboard1.2.2)
matthieu.herrb at laas.fr
Thu Sep 6 11:42:44 PDT 2007
> Is there something preventing relicensing "Xorg" under GPL?
Yes. Several organisations using/contributing to X.Org rely on the
> I think a full GPL relicensed Xorg could be the required change to
> make the X server receive the same community/industry attention of Linux
> kernel and/or gnome/kde, so that end users could buy a new computer and
> expect to have things like full 3d acceleration, video, etc working,
> instead of frequently needing to use something like the vesa driver and
> only unaccelerated 2d.
No. As long as drivers are dynamically loaded, the GPL will not force
vendors to release sources. Persuading them to open their drivers is not
a matter of licenses.
> Forgive the fact that I have been away from XFree86/Xorg for some
> years... But XFree86 tried to make an infrastructure to try to make it
> easy for hardware vendors to provide binary only drivers as an option,
> but this never became an reality (stable/reliable drivers built by the
> hardware vendor).
stability and reliability have also few direct relationship with the
availability of the source code.
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