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I have a quick question. If I issue a modnfo on a binary module and get output Code: license:GPL Am I entitled to source code? thanks for any help...
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    binary kernel modules and GPL


    I have a quick question. If I issue a modnfo on a binary module and get output
    Code:
    license:GPL
    Am I entitled to source code?

    thanks for any help

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    What do you mean by "entitled to source code"?
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    That If I ask for sources I have to receive them

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    It is a complex topic and it may depend on the case at hand.
    But in general: If a gpl licensed program is made public, then the source needs to be public too.

    What module is it? Maybe it is just a devel package install away to get the source?
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    No, no.

    It's a driver provided for a card I am using. The drivers can be downloaded from vendor's site, so they are public.

    I have searched around about this and what I got is that you cannot use kernel headers to produce non GPLd binaries.

    I know it's a complex topic and I've been reading about it. And in all this I cannot see how you ca release a binary module, register it as GPL licensed and than not provide the sources. I thought that this issue is preaty straight forward, or is it?

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    In theory you are right.
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