[LEDE-DEV] License for DTS files

Linus Lüssing linus.luessing at c0d3.blue
Fri Feb 3 04:41:00 PST 2017

On Fri, Feb 03, 2017 at 12:29:35PM +0100, Rafał Miłecki wrote:
> Upstream Linux maintainers prefer/require clear BSD-compatible
> license, see e.g.:
> https://lkml.org/lkml/2016/5/4/707

I would be a little more careful with such statements, that seems
like a wrong generalization to me concerning license preferences
of Linux maintainers.

The link says "ARM SoC maintainers", not "Linux maintainers" in
general. And I wouldn't be surprised if the request came from
developers getting their paycheck from Google or Google affiliates.
It's no secret that Google (management?) does not like the GPL.

They already wrote a BSD licensed replacement for the GPL licensed
bluetooth stack "BlueZ" called "BlueDroid". And they even started
developing a whole new kernel from the scratch called "Fuchsia".

(Why might Google management steer towards BSD licenses? To lock
things down as soon as it gets en par with its GPL counterparts,
to be able to sell exclusive features again, if you ask me.
Interesting read here:


PS: Don't get me wrong, this is no opinion concerning the license
of DTS files or a religious statement concerning "the right
license" (there are plenty of cases where BSD-like licenses are
an excellent choice - and maybe DTS files is one of them ;) ).

My nitpicking is just about this one sentence :-).

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