Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Posted Oct 18, 2006 8:50 UTC (Wed) by edomaur
In reply to: Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
if it was placed under the BSD license, Linux would probably not have evolved to the point it is today and would only have been one more *BSD
The advantage of using GPL is that it prevent the balkanization of the Linux software which was and still is a problem in the Unix world. Okay, you can fork the kernel, but in a way since the price you pay to get the license of the kernel software is the sources of your modifications, if your fork give a better result than the original one, nothing prevent the core kernel community to simply adopt your solutions. In my opinion, what prevent *BSD to be in the place Linux is today is a bad case of NIH.
For the support of the GPLv3, in my sense it is more a matter of not blindly adopting legal texts that could probably set trouble in the house. I am mostly a GPL guy, but since I work with embedded software i don't want to be bothered by the DRM clauses and so on. This should not be a restriction of the license.
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