Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Aug 2006 09:17 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
GNU, GPL, Open Source Disagreements over what should be included in the free software license's next version have pitted the movement's leaders against each other. Say the letters G, P, and L in that order around most folks and you're likely to be met with a blank stare. But try dropping them around the open-source crowd, especially in proximity to San Francisco this mid-August, and you'll get a very different response: everything from fist-pumping to hand-wringing.
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Linux and Free Software
by DKR on Mon 21st Aug 2006 13:05 UTC
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Linux is just a kernel, and therefore a small piece in an otherwise huge GNU/Linux system. Stallman contends just that, and isn't too worried that Linux becomes GPLv3-d.

On the other hand, Eben Moglen seems to have confidence that Torvalds will make this change, which I doubt will happen, but it appears that everyone, including Torvalds has some sort of a mixed reaction.

I've read the GPLv3. I do not believe that the patent and DRM clauses/sections/statements/[legality] should be altered to fit the whims of businesses. Free Software, while still leaving room for business, was never in the best interest in the businesses because it was about respecting freedom and implementing politics, something businesses do not like.

Unless you're a business whose planning to restrict and subjugate users in one way or another that would violate the license in some arbitrary fashion, I would not be worried about the changes in GPLv3. In case you haven't noticed, their definition of Free Software has not changed. The license still permits you, as the consumer of the said software to run, copy, modify, and redistribute the software under the same definition of Free Software as was initially intended.

I assert that the GPLv3 is one of the most American, democratic things you can do to the world of Free Software. The American way was initially about freedom of speech, choice and individual opinion, but it seems that our government, politics (both in software and in many other factors in life and business) are being steadily impeded upon.

If businesses are afraid of the said politics -- let it be. We don't deserve DRM and software patents infringing on the rights of the users and developers who came to this world to be free.

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