Kernel Driver Statement

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Tue Jun 24 00:28:43 UTC 2008


"We, the undersigned Linux kernel developers, consider any closed-source 
Linux kernel module or driver to be harmful and undesirable. We have 
repeatedly found them to be detrimental to Linux users, businesses, and 
the greater Linux ecosystem. Such modules negate the openness, 
stability, flexibility, and maintainability of the Linux development 
model and shut their users off from the expertise of the Linux 
community. Vendors that provide closed-source kernel modules force their 
customers to give up key Linux advantages or choose new vendors. 
Therefore, in order to take full advantage of the cost savings and 
shared support benefits open source has to offer, we urge vendors to 
adopt a policy of supporting their customers on Linux with open-source 
kernel code."


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