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Bradley Kuhn (bkuhn) - 7 years ago 2015-03-12 15:45:18
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@@ -153,40 +153,41 @@ Code, and for which (at least some) source code for which is provided.
 
              is provided.</li>
 
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    <p>Conservancy examined the incomplete CCS alongside the
 
           binary &ldquo;vmkernel&rdquo; component.  Such examination indicates that function
 
           in &ldquo;vmkernel&rdquo; do make function calls to Linux's kernel code
 
      in the usual way for a single program written in C.</p></dd>
 

	
 
    <dt>Doesn't VMware's &ldquo;shim layer&rdquo; insulate them from GPL
 
    obligations and allow them to keep certain code in their kernel
 
    proprietary?</dt>
 

	
 
    <dd>
 
    <p>Many in the media have talked about the possibility that VMware might
 
    use some so-called &ldquo;shim layer&rdquo; between Linux code and
 
    VMware's proprietary code.  While, for decades, there has been much talk of
 
    various mechanisms of GPL obligation avoidance, Conservancy believes that
 
    merely modifying technical details of a combination's construction
 
    does not typically influence the legal analysis in a combined or
 
    derivative work scenario.</p>
 

	
 
    <p>Furthermore, the technical details of VMware's alleged GPL violation
 
    do not even mirror the typical scenarios that have usually been called
 
    &ldquo;shim layers&rdquo;.  Conservancy's analysis of VMware's ESXi
 
    product, in fact, indicates that VMware rather flagrantly combined Linux
 
    code in their own kernel, and evidence seems to indicate the work as a
 
    whole was developed by modifying Linux code in tandem with
 
    modifications to &ldquo;vmkernel&rdquo; in a tightly coupled manner.</p>
 

	
 
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    <dt>Can you give a <em>specific</em> example, with code, showing how
 
    VMware combined Linux source code with their binary-only components?</dt>
 

	
 
     <dd><p>There are numerous examples available that show this.  The
 
       details of alleged infringement specifically relating to Hellwig's
 
       contributions to Linux are of course the main matter of the
 
       allegations in the litigation, and Conservancy
 
       released <a href="#diagram">the diagram above</a> to exemplify that
 
       issue.  Conservancy continues to <a href="#court-documents">hope VMware will
 
       agree to make public all court documents</a> as a matter of public
 
       good, since the court documents discuss the specifics of alleged
 
         infringement on Hellwig's copyrights.</p>
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  downloading the software and/or engaging in the process that Conservancy
 
  discusses above.</p>
 

	
 
  <dt>Have others issued statements of support about this action?</dt>
 
  <dd>Various individuals and groups have publicly stated their support for
 
    Conservancy's and Hellwig's actions in this matter.  They include:
 
    <ul>
 
        <li><a href="http://www.april.org/en/statement-support-software-freedom-conservancy-and-christoph-hellwig-gpl-enforcement-lawsuit">APRIL</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="https://fsf.org/news/conservancy-and-christoph-hellwig-gpl-enforcement-lawsuit">Free
 
            Software Foundation</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="https://samba.org/samba/news/announcements/2015-03-06_vmware_lawsuit.html">The
 
            Samba Team</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="http://sourceforge.net/p/swig/news/2015/03/defending-the-gpl/">The
 
        SWIG Project</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="https://plus.google.com/104877287288155269055/posts/cHgyreA76yY">Dave Airlie, Linux Developer</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="https://twitter.com/mjg59/status/573530001758294016">Matthew Garrett, Linux Developer</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="/news/2015/mar/05/vmware-lawsuit/#glikely">Grant Likely, Linux Kernel Engineer</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="http://mina86.com/2015/03/11/the-time-has-come-to-stand-up-for-the-gpl/">Michal Nazarewicz, Linux Developer</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="http://lwn.net/Articles/635624/">Luis R. Rodriguez (aka mcgrof), Linux Developer</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="http://lwn.net/Articles/635855/">Wolfram Sang, Linux Developer</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="https://twitter.com/josh_triplett/status/573543072929198083">Josh
 
        Triplett, Linux Developer</a></li>
 
        <li><a href="https://lwn.net/Articles/635617/">Rik van Riel, Linux Developer</a></li>
 
    </ul>
 
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