Does Linux (Torvald's tree) infringe GPLv2 and contain proprietary binary blobs?

Konstantin Ryabitsev konstantin at
Fri Mar 11 09:14:35 EST 2022

On Fri, Mar 11, 2022 at 03:48:37AM +0100, FMDF wrote:
> Unfortunately, there have been several attempts to state that Linux is
> _not_ a free and open source kernel and that it contains proprietary binary
> blobs.
> I'm asking for help to remove those fake information, mainly sponsored and
> backed by the FSF and by the Linux libre project (or something like that).
> Can someone please provide reliable sources that I can use when reverting
> the above-mentioned false information? Unfortunately, I cannot simply
> revert them by just saying that the Linux Community won't ever accept non
> GPLv2 complaint code.
> There is a strict rule that says "No original research": mostly everything
> must be supported by links to third party reliable documentation (web,
> books, and so on).
> Again, can someone please help?

I doubt anyone really cares about the purity of wikipedia articles here. The
best I can link you to is this FAQ entry:


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