Similar in spirit?
Posted Oct 5, 2006 4:36 UTC (Thu) by dlang
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the LGPL->GPL conversion isn't the same problem as the GPLv2->GPLv3 conversion for one big reason
there are a lot of people takeing religious stances on the GPLv2/v3 issue who are being extremely adamant about the need to switch to code to v3. there is not a similar body of people determined to eliminate the LGPL
and frankly these people have a point, while I personally prefer the GPLv2, there is no point in having a GPLv3 if all code remains at GPLv2 or later, yes you can use the v3 license, but if it's prohibiting things that v2 allows, anyone wanting to do those things just ignores v3 and acts under the v2 license. Also, the 'license compatability advantage' of GPLv3 is meaningless if a project is trying to maintain GPLv2 compatability.
so there are three outcomes
1. code remains GPLv2 or later and GPLv3 is meaningless as none of it's provisions are every used.
2. code migrates to GPLv3
3. the community splits between the two versions, probably with continual snipeing back and forth.
the FSF is intending for result 2, but unfortunantly I expect result 3 to take place. there are a lot of people who strongly believe both sides of this issue, and if forced to choose, will go different ways.
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