[linux-dvb] Multiproto API/Driver Update

Steven Toth stoth at linuxtv.org
Sun Sep 14 18:54:21 CEST 2008

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


>> 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.

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.


> 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

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