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Submission + - Linux Kernel To "Ban" Non-GPL Modules By 2

Bootsy Collins writes: In a discussion today on the LKML, Greg Kroah-Hartman has agreed with opinions in favor of having the Linux kernel load only GPL-tagged modules, and has put forward a patch which will start warning users loading "tainted" modules into the kernel that such loading will no longer be possible in kernels released after 1 January 2008. The intent is to give companies time to GPL their modules, release hardware specifications so that others can write GPL'ed modules, or otherwise respond to the restriction. Later in the discussion, Linus Torvalds has voiced his opposition to this move.

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