Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Posted Sep 23, 2006 19:34 UTC (Sat) by Tester
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>> And even if the kernel stays under the GPLv2, the FSF's code will be under gplv3, so we are pretty much guaranteed that any Linux distributor except for tiny embedded systems will have to do accept the license.
> This is not the case. I work with several large consumer electronics companies, and I can assure you that the balkanization referred to by the kernel developers in the position statement is a very real possibility.
I was refering to the computer companies (IBM, HP, Sun, SGI, etc) and not the embedded world. And those have just started getting rid of their own OSes. So yes they could in theory replace the GPLv3 code, but they wont. Because they have discovered how costly it is to do.
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