Samba into kernel

David Lee t.d.lee at
Mon Mar 25 04:31:07 GMT 2002

On Sat, 23 Mar 2002, Jeremy Allison wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 23, 2002 at 07:00:18PM +0000, David Lee wrote:
> > In recent weeks, I have had a quick chat, off-list, with a well-known list
> > member about the possibility and desirability of allowing parts of Samba
> > to be put into the kernel of those versions of UNIX (Solaris for me) that
> > support it. 
> Solaris is not GPL. Doing this for your own site would be fine,
> distributing such a version would not be (unless Sun was willing
> to make the positive step of GPLing Solaris).

Thanks for the reply, Jeremy.  Much appreciated.

I realise that discussions on licensing often generate more heat than
light.  Also that I am completley inexpert on GPL.  Nevertheless, I
suspect a mis-understanding.  So at the risk of heat-generation... 

I had been envisaging making Samba (or parts thereof) something like a
loadable kernel module.  As far as I can see, this bascially means
changing from one set of published interfaces: 
  Solaris man(2) "system calls" (open, close, read, write, etc.) and
  Solaris man(3) "library routines" (printf, malloc etc.)
to another:
  Solaris man(9) "DDI and DKI interfaces" (device driver interfaces etc.)

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