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

Marc Jones marc.jones at amd.com
Mon Jul 30 18:17:12 CEST 2007

Uwe Hermann wrote:
> 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.
> Ack.
> Uwe.
This is a great conversation. These questions and answers should go into 
the FAQ.

Marc Jones
Senior Firmware Engineer
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