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  Vanishing Features of the 2.6 Kernel
Subject:   Push the vendor, kill the independent developer
Date:   2002-12-16 23:47:49
From:   anonymous2
Vendors may respond to this push towards GPL modules, but independent developers who put their own money and time into providing a driver for a certain piece of hardware for Linux who comply with the NDA set by the hardware vendor can only stop their effort and count their losses if this move continues. I run a philips webcam and this driver makes the kernel 'tainted'. Reading the comment of the author about this move makes it clear that he cannot make a GPL module (see http://www.smcc.demon.nl/webcam/tainting.html) because of the NDA. So 'more GPL kernel' means 'end of driver'.