Kernel developers' position on GPLv3

simo simo.sorce at
Sat Sep 23 19:03:24 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-09-23 at 17:41 +0200, Andreas K. Foerster wrote:
> Am Freitag, dem 22. Sep 2006 schrieb Stefano Spinucci:
> > What do you think about it ???
> This paper was the result, when Linus Torvalds made a survey amongst the
> most active kernel-hackers...
> I think, the outcome is no surprise, when a prominent opponent of the 
> GPLv3 asks a very limited number of his strongest followers for their
> opinion. ;-\
> I found this blog is a very good answer:

Nice, yes.
Also note how biased is the poll they did:

Look at the -3 vote rationale (also == to 3 ??):
   I wouldn't want to use v3 (I really dislike it, or my
   company would have serious problems allowing me
   to participate using the v3 draft)

If companies will is more important than kernel freedom, then why
keeping GPLv2 in first stance? If you asked major companies 10 years ago
if they were willing to let their engineers to contribute code under the
GPLv2 what would have the answer been?
(A clear and sound: "are you crazy?" IMO)


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