[LinuxBIOS] Can we provide BIOS service base on the Linux BIOS

Uwe Hermann uwe at hermann-uwe.de
Sun Jul 29 16:24:18 CEST 2007

On Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 03:16:00PM +0200, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> * Rasmus Wiman <rasmus at wiman.org> [070729 14:49]:
> > Just curious... How about software that runs "on top of" Linuxbios? I
> > assume that Microsoft won't have to release Windows under GPL just
> > because Linuxbios can boot it :)

Correct. Just booting an OS using LinuxBIOS doesn't require that OS to
be GPL'd, of course (same for Linux - running an applications on Linux doesn't
make that application GPL'd).

> , but what about payloads? If someone
> > wants to create a completely closed-source payload for LinuxBIOS, would
> > theybe allowed to do that? One possible example could be Microsoft.
> > Suppose that LinuxBIOS really took off and Microsoft would want to
> > adapt NTLDR so it could be a payload, would they be allowed to do it?
> The payload is "loaded" from an "archive" or "filesystem" by LinuxBIOS
> and thus does not have to be released under GPL because it is used with
> LinuxBIOS.


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