> devzero@web.de wrote:
> > hi,
> >
> > i found that there is a LOT of repeating licensing information in the
> > kernel.
> >
> > for me,
> >
> > find ./linux-2.6.27 -type f -exec cat {} \; |egrep "free software|GNU
> > General Public License|Free Software Foundation|version 2 of the
> > License|distributed in the hope|WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY|FITNESS FOR A
> > PARTICULAR"
> >
> > gives a file sized ~3.5M
> >
> > That`s more than 1% of the kernel source.
> >
> > What about the idea to shorten that licening information to a minimum
> > , e.g. by shrinking that to a single, catchy line , linking to a
> > special licensing file like COPYING or linking to the FSF website ?
> >
> > please no flames, i know this idea could be pure dynamite for some
> > people - but i thought 3.5M is worth this mail.
> >
> > regards roland
> >
> > ps: i`m not sure if that has been discussed already, but i didn`t
> > find that in the archive. please ignore, otherwise.

>
> It may be 3.5 MB uncompressed, but disk space is cheap, and repeated
> strings compress extremely well to save bandwidth. If you work with the
> kernel source enough for this to be an issue, you should use git.
> You'll download these license headers once, and never again unless the
> copyright info gets changed by a patch. From a technical perspective,
> the problem isn't nearly as bad as it looks, and it keeps the lawyers
> happy, so it's really not worth messing with. There's plenty of
> lower-hanging fruit in unifying drivers for similar hardware, unifying
> 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, and other things that make the code
> more maintainable.
>
> -- Chris
>


yes, convinced - it´s not worth the work to clean that up.
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