There'll be no halt
Posted Sep 23, 2006 12:50 UTC (Sat) by coriordan
In reply to: Who is responsible for proliferation of DRM?
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
There will be no big split. GPLv3 will lose compatibility with "v2 only" software (which there is very little of, Linux being the only big example), but it will gain compatibility with all the Apache licensed software, plus eclipse licenses software and some other free software licences. This heals splits.
We might lose the contributions of a handful of DRM-or-bust projects, but we were never dependent on them anyway. Their contributions aren't enough to tempt us to give up the 23 year idea of share and share alike, I can do what I want with the software and you can do what you want with it.
Free software is written by hundreds of thousands of people who are empowered to do so because the licence ensures they are free to do so. Development will never grind to a halt, and the most important thing we have to do to keep the development system working is to always ensure that everyone is free to become a developer and to do what they want with the software (and when they pass it along, the must pass it on with the same freedoms for the next person).
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