Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Posted Oct 20, 2006 1:10 UTC (Fri) by masuel
In reply to: Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
> What, they were supposed to forbid folks like Linus from using the GPL?
> How? Why? You're just not making any sense to me.
Some developers use the GPLv2 to ensure that other developers using there
code give the changes back to them.
The FSF uses the GPLvX to ensure the users freedom, ie that the user can
become a developer.
The changes from v2 -> v3 draft 2 make the distinction much clearer (or
actually important) hence some are saying they want to stay with v2.
Hope that helps a bit.
> In the case of the GPL, the idea is that if you want a license, you
> have to pass on all rights you received to those downstream of you. In
> a particular case that might limit your choices on hardware... so what?
> It's legally permissible and ethically required.
This is a good couple of sentences :)
The new bit is the limit on the overall "system/hardware"... it wasn't
present on the previous version of the licence.
Hence the discussion and quesion about the licence being "in the same
spirit" as v2... If you are the FSF its a no brain-er, but
for other people it may give pause for thought. No?
> Ever play rogue on a Cisco router?
... no sorry ... but I have taken features written for a platform I have
never seen and added to the box in-front of me, You must have done that
The developers clearly benefit from the availability of the code without
the associated platform.
The FSF point of view that is not enough, some people say it is.
I hope you recognise it is worthy of debate even if your point of view is
that "enforcing code sharing" alone is naive/wrong.
ps I actually haven't made up my mind yet...
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