Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Posted Sep 23, 2006 5:17 UTC (Sat) by lutchann
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Agreed. It's not unlikely that the embedded market will turn to some yet-to-be-invented hybrid environment, with Linux as the kernel and something non-FSF running in userspace. I imagine we'll see various embedded vendors each selling their own closed source POSIX-compliant userspace kit (libc + basic utils) with varying degrees of support for popular non-GPLv3 packages such as Apache.
It would be sad to see the embedded market lose the benefits of commoditized software, but that's a far more likely scenario than RMS forcing the world to give up DRM. Nobody wants to see the NAS market move from Samba to six different broken CIFS packages or the STB market move from FFmpeg to six different broken AVI demuxers, but if the FSF is successful in tearing the industry in two, that's exactly where we're headed.
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