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[3]: Linus's position is clear
by Simba on Thu 28th Sep 2006 17:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Linus's position is clear"
Simba
Member since:
2005-10-08

"Could you quote that clause? So far, I always thought the GPL (intentionally) doesn't contain such a clause"

Paragraph 9 reads as follows:

The Free Software Foundation may publish revised and/or new versions of the General Public License from time to time. Such new versions will be similar in spirit to the present version, but may differ in detail to address new problems or concerns.

Each version is given a distinguishing version number. If the Program specifies a version number of this License which applies to it and "any later version", you have the option of following the terms and conditions either of that version or of any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. If the Program does not specify a version number of this License, you may choose any version ever published by the Free Software Foundation.

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Marcellus Member since:
2005-08-26

The "any later version" is optional though, so for the kernel it's explicitly only GPLv2 that holds.

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nalf38 Member since:
2006-09-01

Linus has made it very clear several times that the 'or later version' and any related clauses that may allow you to 'upgrade' licenses automatically were completely removed from the license that is distributed with the Linux kernel.

The only way to for the kernel to change licenses is if every living being who ever contributed to kernel gave their okay.

So the issue is pretty moot, anyway.

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