GPL 3: An Open-Source Earthquake? (CRN)
Posted Feb 12, 2007 10:17 UTC (Mon) by forthy
In reply to: GPL 3: An Open-Source Earthquake? (CRN)
Parent article: GPL 3: An Open-Source Earthquake? (CRN)
The GPL covers this lazyness: "If the Program does not specify a
version number of this License, you may choose any version ever published
by the Free Software Foundation."
So for two third of the files in Linux, you can choose any version
ever published, they are essential compatible with GPLv1, v2, or once v3
is released, with v3, as well. "The Program" is legally a file, not the
complete kernel. Only the complete kernel, the collection of
many "programs", as distributed by Linux has this v2-only tag.
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