Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2007 14:17 UTC, submitted by Oliver
General Development GCC 4.2.1 has been released, the last release of the GNU Compiler Collection under the GPL v2. "GCC 4.2.1 is a bug-fix release, containing fixes for regressions in GCC 4.2.0 relative to previous GCC releases. GCC 4.2.1 will be the last release of GCC covered by version 2 of the GNU General Public License. All future releases will be released under GPL version 3."
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RE[9]: Commercial use
by b3timmons on Sun 22nd Jul 2007 23:04 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Commercial use"
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But don't get me wrong. I'm not against GPL 3 per se but I think it foolish to cut compatibility with some of the greatest open source projects there are.

I am having trouble seeing the fairness of your comments. You start off by characterizing the FSF as "fundamentalists" who could "go berserk" and add use limitations to future versions of licenses that have only ever had distribution limitations, including GPLv3. The "or later" language is natural and logical to ensure compatibility among copyleft licenses. Why should the unwillingness of those of a relatively few projects who refuse to use such language count for more than the wish of those of relatively many projects who want to restore protection (among many other benefits) for their software that was compromised by loopholes in an old license amid a business climate of patent threats? Moreover, you implicitly assume that not upgrading the license would lead to lesser likelihood of forking within the project from those who wish to upgrade than the more typical converse case. Why should cooperation among projects ever matter to any one project as much as cooperation within the project itself?!

I am having trouble understanding how you are so quick to attribute malice or stupidity to those who simply seek the project integrity and kind of protection that the GPL was always supposed to encourage and provide. Oh, and yes, the GPL was always motivated by what is moral, so it is strange that you should be bothered by that motivation as people upgrade to simply another version.

Edited 2007-07-22 23:23

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