Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jun 2007 10:38 UTC, submitted by Nixomayor
GNU, GPL, Open Source Linux leader Linus Torvalds has finally found something that could convince him that the forthcoming version 3 of the General Public License is worth adopting: open-source Solaris. "If Sun really is going to release OpenSolaris under GPL 3, that may be a good reason" to move Linux to the new license, Torvalds said in a posting to the Linux kernel mailing list on Monday. "I don't think the GPL 3 is as good a license as 2, but on the other hand, I'm pragmatic, and if we can avoid having two kernels with two different licenses and the friction that causes, I at least see the reason for GPLv3."
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There's One Problem Though...
by Simba on Wed 13th Jun 2007 11:00 UTC
Simba
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There is one problem with this though. It's unlikely that Linux can move to GPL 3 even if Linus wants it too. Because remember, that Linus put a clause in the GPL 2 that Linux uses that excluses the "or at your option, any future version of this license". In otherwords, unlike the normal GPL 2, Linux code, cannot automatically update to GPL 3. Updating Linux to GPL 3 will require the explicit permission of anyone who has ever contributed code to the Linux kernel. Overall, it would be logistical nightmare trying to move Linux to GPL 3.

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