Who is doing harm here?
Posted Oct 2, 2006 8:34 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: Who is doing harm here?
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
They must be vegitative to claim he isn't communicating his thoughts.
Sorry, but he's not. First Linus claims that GPLv3 restricts the "use". FSF explains that it's not so: you are free to use (== compile and run) GPLv3 code. Linus says that it's not "use" normal people are talking about - it's "use in other projects" he's concerned with. FSF retorts that GPLv1 and GPLv2 always restricted such "use" and this is what Linus itself praising in GPLv2 ! Linus then start to talk gibbegish and claim that semantic is not important and intent is important.
Thus no, Linus never explained what he does not like about GPLv3 clearly - he finds new and new ways to change his position over time...
At least this text is readable - but it's hardly acceptable: it still does not explain why the "freedom to take everything, add extenstions and sell binary blobs" (aka "BSD license") is bad while "freedom to sell binary blobs with corresponding code which is useless without the hardware to run in on" is essential. Or why they think "while we may argue forcefully for our political opinions, we may not suborn or coerce others to go along with them" - this is what linux developers are doing, after all (if you listen to SCO then you'll know that "tit for tat" enforced by GPLv2 is also "political opinion").
GPLv3 does not forbid DRM. It does not even force to stop using GPLv3 code in system with DRM (after all DRM scheme can be implemented in seperate domain - and it's actually the only way to make it work). Additional restrictions is no better and no worse then LGPL - and LGPL is important license to have. Patents... Patents are discussed with IBM (the biggest paten holder of them all!) and if IBM will be satisfied (big if, but at least IBM is working on that and not starting political campaign), then how kernel developers can claim that it's a problem ?
In short: it looks like Linus and kernel developers are intentionally choose the ways of communication which can be used to "poke" FSF and then go away thus avoiding any constructive discussion. Was it because they don't have time to defend their position or have they no arguments to actually defent it ? We'll see...
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