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Kernel: Patrick McHardy Settlement and Linux 5.17 Stuff

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  • Netfilter project: Settlement with Patrick McHardy

    The netfilter project, which works on packet-filtering for the Linux kernel, has announced that it has reached a settlement (English translation) with Patrick McHardy that is "legally binding and it governs any legal enforcement activities" on netfilter programs and libraries as well as the kernel itself. McHardy has been employing questionable practices in doing GPL enforcement in Germany over the last six years or more. The practice has been called "copyright trolling" by some and is part of what led to the creation of The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement.

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    Thanks to hiring more Linux developers and preparing to ramp up for next-generation hardware support, the in-development Linux 5.17 kernel is going to be another exciting step forward for AMD Linux customers.

  • UDP/IPv6 Optimization Patches Pending For ~5% Improvement In CPU Bound Test - Phoronix

    Among the many new features in Linux 5.17 are several notable network optimizations. Optimizing network performance is a never-ending game and already for a future kernel are a new set of UDP/IPv6 optimizations being worked on.

    Developer Pavel Begunkov recently posted a set of Linux kernel networking patches focused on UDP/IPv6 optimizations but some of the patches also benefit TCP. In CPU-bound testing at least, these patches have shown to provide measurable benefit.

  • New ASUS Sensor Driver For Linux Aims For Greater Flexibility & Faster Sensor Reading - Phoronix

    It's just with the in-development Linux 5.17 kernel that the "asus_wmi_ec_sensors" is making its debut for greatly expanded sensor support for modern ASUS desktop motherboards. However, there is already a new driver that has been in development that ultimately aims to be superior to this still-new driver.

    The "asus_wmi_ec_sensors" driver relies upon the WMI interface (Windows Management Instrumentation) for sensor reading on a wide-range of modern ASUS motherboards. As with most desktop sensor drivers, this code was developed by the community.

Settlement with Patrick McHardy

  • Settlement with Patrick McHardy [Ed: Settlement over GPL]

    This settlement establishes that any decision-making around netfilter-related enforcement activities should be based on a majority vote. Thus, each active coreteam member [5] at the time of the enforcement request holds one right to vote. This settlement covers past and new enforcement, as well as the enforcement of contractual penalties related to past declarations to cease-and-desist.

    The netfilter project continues to endorse "The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement" [6]. Therefore, this settlement does not release third parties from their obligations to comply with the license [7] hereinafter.

Attempt to shake down Linux users for Netfilter code use

  • Attempt to shake down Linux users for Netfilter code use resolved | ZDNet

    Once upon a time in the 2000s and 2010s, Patrick McHardy was the chair of Linux's Netfilter core development team. Netfilter is a Linux kernel utility that handles various network functions, such as facilitating Network Address Translation (NAT) and Linux's IPTables firewall. All was fine. But, then it was discovered that McHardy had made millions of Euros from threatening over 50 companies with legal action for using "his" code. That will never happen again.

    McHardy was suspended from the Netfilter team in 2016. The Netfilter team released a document on how to deal with his attempts to extract money from vendors. This move by McHardy, who had been a leading Linux developer in the 2000s, came as a complete surprise at the time. Now, years later, the issue has finally been resolved.

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