Would GPL prevent distros that come with proprietary drivers pre-installed? The thought came to mind while I was doing an install of the Pop!_OS Nvidia-specific image. Looking into this, I can't seem to find a clear cut answer as to how the image can exist and be distributed, if it does fall under GPL.

Some facts I came across:

  1. Nvidia is using some compatibility layer trick to sidestep GPL - is this the reason why this is possible?
  2. Nvidia released (partial?) open-source drivers in 2022 - though I remember the Nvidia-specific image to be on offer even before 2022.
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