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

From: Alexandre Oliva
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 22:32:51 EST

On Jun 14, 2007, Jeremy Maitin-Shepard <jbms@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Alexandre Oliva <aoliva@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> On Jun 14, 2007, Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On Thu, 14 Jun 2007, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>>>> Hmm... So, if someone takes one of the many GPLv2+ contributions and
>>>> makes improvements under GPLv3+, you're going to make an effort to
>>>> accept them, rather than rejecting them because they're under the
>>>> GPLv3?

>>> You *cannot* make GPLv3-only contributions to the kernel.

>> I can make improvements to GPLv2+ files under GPLv3 (or rather will,
>> after GPLv3 is published).

> You can do that, but you won't be able to distribute those changes along
> with the rest of the kernel.

I know. Neither will Linus. But he says he chose GPLv2 such that he
could, and the v2 is better than v3 in this regard. What's wrong with
this picture?

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