Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Posted Sep 22, 2006 23:32 UTC (Fri) by tglx
In reply to: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
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> ... And all each of these devices will be loyal to somebody else, and ultimately beyond my control.
GPLv2 grants you usage when you abide to give the changes to the source code back (in form of source code). There is no distinction of user in the sense of the hardware manufactures who uses it for his product and the end user who uses the device which was made by the manufacturer using the code.
GPLv3 is trying to get influence on the way a hardware manufacturer has to do his business. Is there any substantial given right to do so ?
Where do you draw the line ? Is Intel obligated to hand you out their CPU design, just because the CPUs are able to run your code ?
I don't like DRM as the guy next door, but nobody forces me to buy hardware which I don't like.
Your 50+ little devices are a strawman argument for some kind of ethereal freedom.
My freedom is to decide what I buy and what I hack on and for this I do not need paternalism by RMS.
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