Linux kernel: Licence problems for old ARM FPU code

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2013-Apr-11 | Tags: compatibilitykernel

Linux on ARMThe arch/arm/nwfpe/ directory of the ARM code in the Linux kernel includes code which has a licence that contains an indemnity clause. Russell King has pointed out that the Free Software Foundation (FSF) feels that such clauses are not compatible with section 6 of the GPLv2, which is used for the Linux kernel.

King stated his intention to remove the code, which is used for emulating a floating-point unit (FPU). Linux creator Linus Torvalds doesn't see a problem with the licensing and is fighting against the removal, King later wrote.


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