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Date:	Wed, 14 Feb 2007 23:11:43 -0800
From:	Randy Dunlap <>
To:	"v j" <>
Cc:	"Dave Jones" <>,
Subject: Re: GPL vs non-GPL device drivers

On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 22:27:10 -0800 v j wrote:

> On 2/14/07, Dave Jones <> wrote:
> > On Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 09:16:28PM -0800, v j wrote:
> >
> > Welcome to three months ago.
> > Here in the future, this was deemed a non-issue.
> > However this does highlight another problem.
> > End-users who take linux for use in embedded systems (especially)
> > tend to live in their own little world rarely contributing anything
> > back to upstream, popping up occasionally when months after decisions
> > have been made on things.   Remind me again why we should care about
> > your out of tree binary only modules ?
> You are right. I have not contributed anything to Linux. Except one
> small patch to the MTD code. However, I don't think that is the point
> here. I am perfectly willing to live with the way Linux is today. I am
> telling you as a user that if Linux continues on the current path it
> will become less and less attractive to Embedded Users.

At least one of us is confused about that an embedded User is.
It seems to me that you are an embedded developer, not User.
I doubt that most Embedded Users care what their OS is,
or even know what an OS is.

> Not everybody has to be a contributor. The reason Linux is popular is
> because of its openness. Take that away and see where it goes.

We seem to have different definitions of open and closed.

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