Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Oct 2006 20:23 UTC, submitted by poohgee
GNU, GPL, Open Source "When I wrote about the wrangling over the GNU GPLv3 licence a month back, it provoked a lively conversation in the comments. Given this evident passion among readers, I thought it would be interesting to ask the top hackers - the ones actually involved in the discussions - for their thoughts on the matter. So I contacted Richard Stallman for the FSF angle, and a bunch of the top kernel hackers - Linus, Alan Cox, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Andrew Morton and Dave Miller - for their view."
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RE[4]: Stallman got it ...
by Bounty on Wed 25th Oct 2006 15:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Stallman got it ..."
Bounty
Member since:
2006-09-18

"Actually , Tivo broke the license , but by imposing a hardware lock-in , wich is a grey area in GPLv2. "

It's Tivo's hardware... you can probably take the software and make your own 'open' hardware.... If the GPL is such a clear legal paper, then why do you think there is a gray area? I think your first assumption is probably right, and THAT is why FSF isn't doing anything in court.

Maybe open software should only be used with open hardware... I'm sure someone will make that license. In the meantime, I think Linux and V2 is great.

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RE[5]: Stallman got it ...
by Moulinneuf on Wed 25th Oct 2006 16:25 in reply to "RE[4]: Stallman got it ..."
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2005-07-06

"It's Tivo's hardware... "

No , but then the GPL cover software , so the false point your trying to make is wrong.

"you can probably take the software and make your own 'open' hardware...."

Tivo use Open Hardware ...

"If the GPL is such a clear legal paper, then why do you think there is a gray area? "

The GPL cover software.

"Maybe open software should only be used with open hardware... "

Open Software ? There is none in the GPL its all Free Software.

"I think Linux and V2 is great."

I know Linux GPL is great , its even better when the GPL is up to date.

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