Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Sep 2006 15:36 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
GNU, GPL, Open Source Friday Several kernel developers issued a position paper criticizing the GPLv3 drafts. That prompted Software Freedom Law Center chairman Eben Moglen to issue a 'renewed invitation' yesterday to kernel developers to participate in the GPLv3 process. Linus Torvalds responded to Moglen's statement by saying that his position on the license is clear and that he's "fed up" with the FSF.
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RE: What is the problem again?
by Simba on Thu 28th Sep 2006 16:32 UTC in reply to "What is the problem again?"
Simba
Member since:
2005-10-08

"Remember, he's trying to protect developers and users, in other words, us."

As a professional software developer, I do not agree with this at all. Stallman is in no way protecting my rights as a developoer. He is trying to, with GPL3, strongarm me into playing his game the exact way he wants it to be played, and face consequences that could literally kill my business if I don't play it that way.

I was saying months ago what the Linux kernel developers just started to say last week. GPL3 will kill open source software if it becomes widely adopted. The risks of using open source software are simply too high under the GPL3.

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

-"I was saying months ago what the Linux kernel developers just started to say last week. GPL3 will kill open source software if it becomes widely adopted. The risks of using open source software are simply too high under the GPL3"

what are those risks? do you hold software patents? are you using DRM to deny the end-users the right to be able to modify and run GPL'ed code? or what? please explain.

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Simba Member since:
2005-10-08

"what are those risks? do you hold software patents?"

Yes, my company holds software patents. And before you jump on me for it, even Google holds software patents. The vast majority of companies that develop software hold software patents.

Edited 2006-09-28 16:51

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

We all know _your_ look on it.

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davegetrag Member since:
2006-03-31

Strong arming you how? Has he hooked you into the GPLV3 leash? Got a rectal V3 probe? Dude you can choose not to use it....

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Simba Member since:
2005-10-08

"Strong arming you how? Has he hooked you into the GPLV3 leash? Got a rectal V3 probe? Dude you can choose not to use it...."

You haven't been following the GPL3 debate at all have you... Again, and this is the last time I am going to say it (cause I am sick of repeating myself over and over for the benefit of those who are ill informed and don't know what is going on), the patent lawsuit retaliation clauses in GPL3 are a strongarm tactic that businesses are not going to go for. And it will kill open source software in business. I've been saying it for months. And the kernel developers are saying it now as well.

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