Subject: Re: GPL'ed vs. almost public domain device drivers
From: (Kragen)
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 1997 13:01:23 -0500 (EST)

On Sat, 20 Dec 1997, Adam J. Richter wrote:
> I think an allied effect is the GPL compelling other companies
> to keep their hardware's device drivers free, especially in cases where
> these device drivers originated outside of the hardware company, such
> as with at least the Cyclades multiport serial card driver.

It should be noted that there are some device drivers for Linux that are
not GPL'd, but are, in fact, proprietary.  These are generally linked in
as kernel modules, which keeps them separate from the kernel.  Whether
this violates the GPL is probably arguable.