Kernel developers' position on GPLv3

Bjoern Schiessle schiessle at
Sat Sep 23 13:11:40 UTC 2006

Yavor Doganov <yavor at> wrote:
> Also, could someone please explain this "Balkanisation" thing?  I come
> from the Balkans, but I don't understand what that means...

"Balkanization is a geopolitical term originally used to describe the
process of fragmentation or division of a region into smaller regions
that are often hostile or non-cooperative with each other."
Quoted from wikipedia:

So i think they mean the fragmentation of Free Software license. But
this is nothing which will happen because of GPLv3. We already have a
fragmentation of Free Software licenses and GPLv3 will make it better
not worse because GPLv3 will be compatible to more licenses than GPLv2.


Bjoern Schiessle                      

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