Including library in the Linux open source

Greg KH greg at
Mon Sep 26 10:11:05 EDT 2011

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 05:59:19PM +0530, Sahana B Adiga - ERS, HCL Tech wrote:
> Hi All,
> For a new storage hardware we have a Linux device driver that uses a
> custom library for hardware interface. This h/w interface library is
> an intellectual property. We want to share the Linux device driver
> source code, but not the library source code.

Why are you asking legal questions on a technical list?  Would your
company really follow any legal advice gotten here?  What does your
lawyers say about this?

> 1) Is it possible to add to the Linux open source, such a driver along
> with the hardware interface library as a blob? Will the Linux kernel
> community accepts/approves it?

What does your lawyer say about this?

> 3) Are there any additional documentation or any extra steps required
> than the normal way of submitting device drivers to Linux kernel
> community?

You have read the Documentation/SubmittingPatches and
Documentation/SubmittingDrivers files already right?  If not, I suggest
you take a look at them.

greg k-h

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