Kernel developers' position on GPLv3

simo simo.sorce at
Sat Sep 23 14:33:11 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-09-23 at 14:14 +0200, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
>    > 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?
> It is a honest question.
>    Kernel space and user space are 2 very well separated world with
>    very clear boundaries and public interfaces.
> They aren't as clear as you might think, the "public interfaces" can
> be copyrightable.  Many people think that using a GPLed library with a
> GPL incompatible program is ok, for the exact same reason, it has
> nothing to do with clear bounders or public interfaces, but what
> actually constitutes a deriviate work, and that simply means if you
> use some copyrightable bits.

When I say public interfaces I mean interface that has been made
available for public use without license "problems". The kernel has tons
of private interfaces too.


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