Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Posted Sep 22, 2006 20:02 UTC (Fri) by ibukanov
In reply to: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
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> The freedom argument is pointless, why GPLv2 is better than BSD? Because GPLv2 limit freedom of developer, they have to release modification of the code.
Very well said. I suspect that given the complexity of the current software a source that you can not modify becomes just another form of binary format. So in DRM world GPLv2 applied to a complex software becomes just another form of business-friendly BSD license.
On the other hand I wish FSF would not even mention too-political DRM in GPLv3 and just state instead that for a reasonable amount of money a user can get a box to run code with his modifications.
So if a kernel flash image requires signed code, the user should be able to sign it somehow even if that would require small fee. If the kernel resides in ROM, then the user should be able to get a chip with his modifications even if that requires to pay for another chip.
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