I donâ€™t wanna get into BSD vs GPL war here. If I were GPL guy (Michael) Iâ€™d prefer to talk other BSD guy in private first regarding this issue. Following is email posted by Michael Buesch:
I, Michael Buesch, am one of the maintainers of the GPL’d Linux wireless LAN driver for the Broadcom chip (bcm43xx). The Copyright holders of bcm43xx (which includes me) want to talk
to you, OpenBSD bcw developers, about possible GPL license and therefore Copyright violations in your bcw driver.
We believe that you might have directly copied code out of bcm43xx (licensed under GPL v2), without our explicit permission, into bcw (licensed under BSD license).
My question is very simple – why not put all drivers in public domain? This will solve almost all problems. Theo removed the driver from OpenBSD CVS tree and problem solved:
Yes, this driver has other problems though. To begin with, it does not even run yet, in any sense. Since it is not actual using code, there will be those who argue that the full impact of the GPL does not come to bear yet — noone is “using” the code yet. But beyond that, these types of problem should not exist in our tree. It will be resolved.
The whole thing is childish and unnecessary. It gives open source community a bad name.
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