Very ill-thought-out position
Posted Sep 23, 2006 13:32 UTC (Sat) by neilbrown
In reply to: Very ill-thought-out position
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
1/ The kernel developers are not trying to "grandstand in public".
Linus asked a few key developers (smaller conversations often work better
than big ones) for their opinions to see whether his opinions were in tune
with the community or not. This group found general (though not complete)
uniformity and so shared those opinions with the wider community
(lkml). Based on the response there, a community position (or more likely
range-of-positions) will probably go to a more formal forum.
2/ So it's all Tivo's fault is it?
Director of Tivo to ... whoever:
"Honey, I shrunk the GPL!"
DRM is about hardware. TIVO is making a box that cannot be hacked.
"Technical measures" are not really about what you can do with the
software, but about what you can do with the hardware. I think
trying to say what hardware GPL software may be run on is the wrong
thing to be saying in a licence. The TIVO software (that part which
derives from GPL code) is still free. But it you don't have hardware
that will run it, that is hardly their problem.
While I would prefer that all hardware I purchased was completely
open and hackable, I think that putting such a requirement in the
licence would cause trouble and solve little.
3/ I think the patent provisions in the draft are good (at least in
principle) and that is one of the reasons my name isn't on the letter.
It wasn't signed by everyone who was consulted.
We had hoped that the poll results and position paper would start
discussion of the relative merits of the GPLv3 draft in the context
of the Linux Kernel, not that it would cause flames and
claims of FUD. A naive hope maybe.
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