Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

From: Alexandre Oliva
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 15:11:04 EST

On Jun 14, 2007, Bill Nottingham <notting@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Alexandre Oliva (aoliva@xxxxxxxxxx) said:
>> > Sure, if they make any changes or fixes to Linux. Other than that,
>> > only the same benefit that Microsoft get from Windows piracy - TiVo
>> > employees become familiar with Linux and are more likely to use it
>> > and maybe contribute more in another job later.
>> Now, what if TiVO actually permitted all of its customers to make
>> changes or fixes to Linux, and become familiar with it and become more
>> likely to use it and maybe contribute more later?

> a) there's nothing that prevents a Tivo user from changing or fixing
> Linux completely outside of the Tivo

But how about inside the TiVO, so as to use Linux and the rest of the
GNU/Linux distro put in there for an even better DVR experience?

Sure, this might still be accomplished on another hardware platform.
But the TiVO already has all the hardware there, and you already have
all the software ready to work on it. Except that you can't change
it. You'd have to waste time and money just to get to the same status
on another hardware platform.

What do we gain?

Alexandre Oliva
FSF Latin America Board Member
Red Hat Compiler Engineer aoliva@{,}
Free Software Evangelist oliva@{,}
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