From: Linus Torvalds <torva...@linux-foundation.org>
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2008 18:30:17 +0100
Local: Tues, Mar 4 2008 12:30 pm
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2.6.25] module: allow ndiswrapper to use GPL-only symbols
On Tue, 4 Mar 2008, Ingo Molnar wrote:Ingo, i's simply not possible to put ndiswrapper in user-space sanely.
> so ... i suspect the requirement would be for
Drivers are drivers. They'll want (shared) interrupts, they want DMA, they
The USB drivers *may* be abstracted enough that they don't do any of that,
> if the NDIS API is done halfways right, then there's no need for any ofDon't be silly. When you claim this is the only way things are "halfway
> these buffers to be in kernel-space and for the driver to run in kernel
right", then none of the Linux kernel driver interfaces are even *close*
to halfway right. Sure, the NDIS ABI has to b more abstracted than the
Linux kernel one (because it's a binary ABI that survives over multiple
Windows versions, not a source code API), but the fact is, NDIS is
designed for kernel-mode, not user mode.
So asking people to make ndiswrapper be user-mode only is simply not
The question on the table is not whether we can make it user-mode
Quite frankly, my position on this has always been that the GPLv2
So I'm personally perfectly happy to say that we should revert that commit
That's the only issue here. Not whether ndiswrapper could do a part of its
It sounds like there aren't that many symbols affected at the core: the
IOW: I _personally_ don't think there are any license issues, but I do
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