You can ignore the difference, but it's kind of obvious
Posted Jun 30, 2012 22:50 UTC (Sat) by pboddie
In reply to: You can ignore the difference, but it's kind of obvious
Parent article: Linksvayer: 5 years of GPLv3
v3 is perceived as introducing NEW things, not fixing old bugs
Let us ignore the perceptions and focus on what it actually did, then, because it certainly did tidy up a lot of the ambiguity in GPLv2.
Going beyond the fixes, the "controversy" appears to originate from the fact that version 3 of the GPL was written in a way that prohibits vendors from simultaneously shipping GPL-licensed software to end-users while denying them the right to modify that code and run the result on the same hardware, and from holding patent threats over the heads of end-users in order to deny them the right to redistribute the code in question. That these technical and legal licensing evasion tactics were addressed in a revision of the licence shouldn't really be much of a surprise to most observers familiar with what the FSF is about.
I suppose some people get upset about such matters because they believe that getting their code into blockbuster products and not upsetting "risk-averse" corporate stakeholders is more important than what the end-user gets to do with their code, but one can't honestly expect the FSF to uphold those priorities.
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