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#1 2013-03-08 04:17:39

From: Alberta, Canada
Registered: 2011-09-04
Posts: 318

GPL-incompatible module usage for Broadcom driver on kernel 3.8

I have a potentially big problem with a Broadcom driver I'm maintaining  on AUR ( … 3142-dkms/). The issue is that the upstream code from Canonical has provided a patch to be compatible with kernel versions >= 3.8 that is about to become in effect on Arch; but the code in the patch errors out due to GPL licensing issues:

FATAL: modpost: GPL-incompatible module wl.ko uses GPL-only symbol '__rcu_read_unlock'

See kindly provided by @Zombifier for a full make log.

The question is: what are the options here? This is a Broadcom driver with a "MIXED/Proprietary" license. Technically speaking, I can patch that license type to become GPL, but I'm sure that's not legal, unless Broadcom GPL's the driver, not?

Has anyone dealt with this type of problem?


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