Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Posted Sep 23, 2006 8:58 UTC (Sat) by timtas
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
I too think that, if you replace GPLv2 with BSD and GPLv2 with GPL, this position might well be put on any randon BSD advocacy list. GPL always had the spirit of "you may use it, but you have to play fair", while BSD rather goes for "do what you want, we don't care about the freedom of the end user, we just want as many people as possible to use our work, thieves included".
While I don't agree with this position, I still understand people thinking that way and don't think it is fundamentally wrong to do so. I just wonder why Greg and all like the GPLv2 in the first place. Maybe because they have to, as Linux is GPLv2?
What I really find appalling are all the FUD threats, like "it would potentially jeopardise the entire patent portfolio of a company simply by the act of placing a GPLv3 licensed programme on their website." This is a totally speculative exaggeration out of any proportion. I'm sure you are well aware of that, since you wrap this in the usual "well, some lawyer may see it this way".
You might not have been forced by your employers to write this, but I'm sure that IBM and Novell will really like you a lot for this piece of work.
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