Who is doing harm here?
Posted Oct 2, 2006 20:44 UTC (Mon) by stevenj
In reply to: Who is doing harm here?
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
you want greater license compatability by creating a license that's incompatable with all the existing GPLv2 code???!!?!?!?
The poster was obviously referring to section 7 of the GPLv3, which makes the new GPL compatible with more licenses than the old GPL, most notably the new Apache license.
Anyone who made their code "v2 only" knew that they would be incompatible with future GPL versions, just as GPLv2 was incompatible with GPLv1. I fail to see how you can criticize the FSF for something that was impossible to avoid without freezing the GPL forever at v2.
And the history of free software is rife with FUD about forking that hasn't lived up to reality (even with licenses like LGPL that theoretically allow legally incompatible forks). Malign forking doesn't happen (in the FLOSS world at least) unless the project already has serious problems unrelated to licensing.
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