cvs commit: src/sys/dev/bge if_bge.c if_bgereg.h src/sys/dev/mii brgphy.c

Bill Paul wpaul at FreeBSD.ORG
Wed Aug 20 11:24:48 PDT 2003

> At 10:25 AM -0700 8/20/03, Doug Ambrisko wrote:
> >Dag-Erling Sm_rgrav writes:
> >|
> >| I certainly hope not!  Perhaps you mean "Inspired by" rather
> >| than "Obtained from"?
> >
> >Yes, poor choice of words should I change it?
> Do a forced-commit just to correct that comment, or we're going
> to have SCO suing all of us, too!  In the correction, I'd make
> a point of saying that the code is not the same (assuming, of
> course, that the code *is* not the same...).  If the code is
> the same, and if the original code was GNU-licensed, then I
> believe we'd have to remove the code.

Uh, guys? The only thing Doug obtained from the other driver (which
is Broadcom's driver for Linux, incidentally; it's not part of the
Linux kernel proper) is the concept that flipping bit 'foo' is
required to produce result 'bar.' This concept originates from hardware
documentation (the BCM570x or BCM540x manuals) which is not GPLed.
The code Doug wrote to flip the desired bit is his own.

So relax. :)


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