Kernel developers' position on GPLv3

David Picon Alvarez eleuteri at
Sat Sep 23 13:12:11 UTC 2006

> There is no such decision to be made. Linux has a "GPLv2 only license"
> and every contributor owns the copyright to their contribution. It's
> not possible to switch Linux to GPLv3 even if they want it.

It's not easy, but it's possible. You just take written permissions from
everyone who wants to give them, and if there are significant bits
uncovered, you rewrite the code. That's how it could be done. Unfortunately
if the majority of the important contributors do not want to change the
licence, it won't be possible to do this.


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