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

From: Alexandre Oliva
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 15:56:48 EST

On Jun 14, 2007, Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Thu, 14 Jun 2007, Diego Calleja wrote:

>> And the FSF is trying to control the design and licensing of
>> hardware throught the influence of their software.

It's not. It's only working to ensure recipients of the Free Software
can modify and share the software.

>> What the FSF is trying to do is EVIL.

> I wouldn't go that far (although, in the heat of the moment I probably
> _have_ gone that far. Oops ;).


> I literally think that the GPLv2 has worked so well exactly because you
> can strip it of its high-falutin' morality and the FSF Kool-Aid, and just
> see it as a "tit-for-tat" license. It allows everybody to see that the
> work they put in (into the _software_) is protected, and people cannot
> make improved versions of that software and distribute those improved
> versions without giving you the right back to use those improvements (to
> the _software_).

Can you explain to me how it is that the Tivoization provisions (the
only objection you have to GPLv3) conflict with this?

(nevermind our disagreement as to whether "tit-for-tat" applies to
either GPLv2 or GPLv3)

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