Info about linux-restricted-modules

Ben Collins ben.collins at
Wed Mar 7 15:07:45 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-03-07 at 15:40 +0100, Jean-Eric Cuendet (RPT) wrote:
> >> Someone can clarify to me one (stupid) thing about restricted modules?
> >>
> >> I'm working on my personal specification
> >> ( and the users ask me also the
> >> linux-restricted module compiled against Ingo Molnar's RT-Preempt
> >> patchset (i already offer patch and kernel image). Question is: Can i
> >> redistribute linux-restricted-modules package (in binary form) without
> >> violate any license?
> > 
> > You would have to read the licenses if all the packages in lrm. Each one
> > is different. Most of it is binary+source (nvidia, madwifi, ati, etc).
> I would say that if Ubuntu can provide the lrm package, you should also 
> be allowed to do it no?
> Ubuntu don't have more rights than you in doing so. They recompile the 
> binaries, create a package and distribute it (widely). That's basically 
> the same as you are willing to do.
> No?
Yes, but we provide the source tarball with it, and he's asking if he
also has to provide the source tarball in addition to the packages
(which is required surely by the GPL, but these packages aren't GPL).


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