[ros-general] ReactOS GPL vs. proprietary drivers (affirmation)
rcpt-ros-general.AT.reactos.com at jankratochvil.net
Mon Oct 20 13:13:02 CEST 2003
As GPLed Linux-NTFS still has no NTFS r/w capability I completed the project
for reliable r/w access in Wine way by using MS-Windows ntfs.sys driver.
My project is GPL-2.0 and it incorporates ReactOS kernel sources currently also
carrying GPL-2.0 license. There are rumours GPL may be problem for linking with
proprietary code (ntfs.sys&ntoskrnl.exe). I interpret it as GPL only affects
_distribution_ of the program while no proprietary code is distributed with my
package. Proprietary code is only run-time linked by the end-user.
In a GPL-related discussion here two monts ago ReactOS developers were open for
reusal of existing proprietary drivers for ReactOS as one of the significant
feature of ReactOS. I would like an affirmation from the major ReactOS
developers they are not going to try to sue me for releasing Captive NTFS.
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