Similar in spirit?
Posted Oct 5, 2006 14:58 UTC (Thu) by cventers
In reply to: Similar in spirit?
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
> This is what worries me about how the v3 process is turning out: if it
> manages to split the FOSS community, then even if I agree completely
> with the FSF's goals, I can't shrug that off as just a practical
> problem, or the regretful but morally necessary outcome of some people
> deciding that they prefer pragmatics to freedom. It directly, and
> potentially dramatically, impacts my own ability to act as a free
> developer. The possiblity terrifies me, viscerally.
That worries me too, but I don't stay up thinking about it at night
because I think things just look that way.
The kernel community is one of the most visible and vocal parties when it
actually has something to say in the public. And while the majority of
the stakeholders in GPLv3 have been relatively quiet, preferring to work
within the Free Software Foundation's open license drafting process, the
kernel developers have limited their response to complaint, telling the
press GPLv3 is wrong, telling the press FSF is wrong, drafting a document
(thankfully some of them at least went this far, but they really ought to
participate officially rather than lob press releases), and further
It's no surprise to me that it appears as if we're split right down the
middle. Anyone unhappy about the license is going to scream, but anyone
pleased with it is going to sit back with a smile (think, Tux just got
There seem to be a lot of people that are really happy with the way
things are going. We still haven't reached agreement, but that's why
further draft(s) are coming. Sun and Nokia, for example, are encouraged
and predict even further improvement.
The _real_ danger isn't from the GPLv3 license - it's from the GPLv3
license FUD. If you want to make sure we don't get split, focus on
de-fusing emotional tension wherever you encounter it. Discuss the
license but encourage real participation. And make sure that people
realize that preemptive reactions to an unreleased license are absurd,
especially if that stakeholder refuses to officially participate.
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