Kernel developers' position on GPLv3

simo simo.sorce at
Fri Sep 22 23:39:39 UTC 2006

On Fri, 2006-09-22 at 20:44 +0200, Stefano Spinucci wrote:
> On 9/22/06, Alfred M. Szmidt <ams at> wrote:
> >   However, if the Linux Kernel could use the GPLv3 would be better
> >   than, as they say, a "Balkanisation of the entire [snip] Universe
> >   upon which we rely".
> >
> > Those who wish to do evil, or allow evil, will always think lesser
> > about our goals.
> >
> >   Or do you think that if the Linux Kernel 'll stay with GPLv2 this
> >   won't be a problem ???
> >
> > Unless you get agreement from anyone who has ever contributed a
> > legally significant amount of code to Linux, then Linux will stay as
> > GPLv2 only.
> Then, you think that the "Balkanisation menace" is only smelly FUD,
> and that GPLv2 and v3 can cohesist without problems ???
> I'm not an expert, but we can have a GNU toolchain v3 and a Kernel v2 ???

Man I can't believe what I see. On what platform do you think the gcc,
emacs, glibc, etc.. has been developed on before Linux existed?

Kernel space and user space are 2 very well separated world with very
clear boundaries and public interfaces.


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