[linux-dvb] Multiproto API/Driver Update

Markus Rechberger mrechberger at gmail.com
Sun Sep 14 21:51:36 CEST 2008


On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 6:54 PM, Steven Toth <stoth at linuxtv.org> wrote:
> barry bouwsma wrote:
>> --- On Sun, 9/14/08, Steven Toth <stoth at linuxtv.org> wrote:
>>
>>> is that the BSD folks can't port the GPL license into BSD because it's
>>> not compatible.
>>
>> I don't want to see any religious war here (trimmed to dvb
>> list), but...
>>
>> There is GPL code distributed as part of *BSD sources,
>> as you can see by reading the licensing in, for example,
>> $ ls /lost+found/CVSUP/BSD/FreeBSD.cvs/src/sys/gnu/dev/sound/pci/
>> Attic       emu10k1-alsa.h,v  maestro3_reg.h,v  p17v-alsa.h,v
>> csaimg.h,v  maestro3_dsp.h,v  p16v-alsa.h,v
>
> Interesting.
>
>>
>>
>>> I owe it to myself to spend somehime reading the BSD licencing. Maybe
>>> the GPL is compatible with BSD.
>>
>> It all depends on the intended use -- whether for optional
>> kernel components as above.  In the distributions, though,
>> it's kept separated.
>>
>> It's also possible to dual-licence source, and I see a good
>> number of such files in NetBSD under, as an example,
>> /lost+found/CVSUP/BSD/NetBSD.cvs/src/sys/dev/ic/
>
> I'm be quite happy to grant a second license on my work the the BSD
> guys, as the copyright owner I can do that. The legal stuff gets messy
> quickly and I don't claim to understand all of it.
>

Great move Steven! Can we move the TDA10048 code over, maybe adding
a note that it's dual licensed would be nice?

thanks,
Markus

> I'm an opensource developer, I chose to work on Linux because it's the
> biggest movement. I have no objections to any other projects, in fact I
> welcome them.
>
>
>>
>>
>> There will be plenty of misinformation and FUD about which
>> licensing is better, and I don't want to hear any more such.
>> Or debates.  Or evangelism.  Or anything.
>
> Agreed.
>
>>
>> The different BSDen will handle GPLed code differently.
>>
>> (By the way, it is possible to completely build NetBSD from
>> within Linux, though the DVB code hasn't been merged as of
>> this morning my time, if someone with *BSD familiarity here
>> wants to think about considering maybe playing with it later
>> sometime, perhaps, maybe)
>
> The issue would be your support community. If you're working on linux
> then people here will help, if our working on something else and asking
> for help here - then people will probably be trying to fix linux first,
> so responses to questions may not arrive, or be slow coming.
>
> Still, better TV support in BSD is good news.
>
> - Steve
>
> _______________________________________________
> linux-dvb mailing list
> linux-dvb at linuxtv.org
> http://www.linuxtv.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/linux-dvb
>



More information about the linux-dvb mailing list