[coreboot] YABEL: Yet another (legacy) BIOS Emulation Layer

Ward Vandewege ward at gnu.org
Fri Nov 28 00:19:48 CET 2008

On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 06:44:21PM +0100, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> Jordan Crouse wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Any thoughts?
> >>>
> >> Very very cool Patrick. If it has a BSD license it should be no
> >> problem for
> >> coreboot. I say the more payloads the better :-)
> >
> > Incorrect Joseph - most legal opinions are that BSD and GPL are
> > incompatible, so it is a problem for coreboot.  Not a problem for
> > libpayload though - so we can borrow what we need.
> Well, obviously as long as we carry around a copy of x86emu (which is
> BSD, not GPL), we can accept BSD licensed patches to that code.
> I'm a bit surprised about "most legal opinions". Whose opinions are
> they? Any pointers? Nobody ever complained about me linking libpayload
> into FILO, for example, so it's not that incompatible). Do I have to
> drop libpayload again?

It's incompatible one way: from GPL to BSD. Not the other way, afaik. So it's
fine to merge BSD'd code into a GPL'd codebase and placing it under GPL, but
not the other way around. Then again, that's just my understanding, and


Ward Vandewege <ward at fsf.org>
Free Software Foundation - Senior Systems Administrator

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