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

From: Rob Landley
Date: Fri Jun 15 2007 - 14:00:28 EST

On Friday 15 June 2007 07:57:10 Bernd Paysan wrote:
> On Friday 15 June 2007 03:49, Rob Landley wrote:
> > (Right now, nobody EXCEPT the FSF has the right to sue somebody to
> > enforce the license terms on something like gcc. Do you find that a
> > comforting thought?)
> Have you ever signed a copyright transfer agreement to the FSF?

Nope, and I probably never will, but I'm glad to be wrong about this one.

> But let's assume Microsoft really succeeds with
> its patent FUD against Linux, and the only way out is GPLv3, when will
> opinions here change?

Ever heard of the Open Invention Network or the Software Freedom Law Center?

And since when did the FSF become an ally of Microsoft? The rest of us seem
to think the Novell deal's a minefield under GPLv2, and would just LOVE
Microsoft to reopen the antitrust can of worms by suing somebody over Linux
(they're still a convicted predatory monopolist, only the sentence part was

And yet GPLv3 was DOA until the Novell deal happened and suddenly the FSF had
this huge thing. Reminds me of everybody rallying behind Bush after
September 11 to support abominations like the Patriot Act. It's sad how
fear makes people stop thinking.

"One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code."
- Ken Thompson.
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