Very ill-thought-out position
Posted Sep 25, 2006 21:14 UTC (Mon) by k8to
In reply to: Very ill-thought-out position
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
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.
You would of course have received such regardless, but I think the
was sown with salt to start. Linus was quoted or claimed by various
reports with arguments (unsubstantiated) that the GPLv3 would require
developers to hand out their encryption keys and other nonsense. The GNU
folks sent out a series of videos and watchables of taking questions and
making very clear rationales for the changes being placed in the new
license, their (initial) case was essentially made. Then this position
paper was published, with some parts quite clear, but some arguments not
fully made, and others totally nuts ("the new GPL is political").
The onus is on the dissenters at this point to clearly support their
that the specific new provisions are either a) impractical or b) immoral
by clear arguments, not just claims.
I think that this case can be made, and I think that these dissenters
have the knowledge to make them, but this article fell short of the mark,
and so you are seeing a higher level of ire than you might have.
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