Linked by Linux Review on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:07 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's been a while since we caught up with Stallman. But a couple months ago we took a look around at what's happening with law, politics and technology and realized that he maybe perhaps his extremism and paranoia were warranted all along. So when we were contacted by an Iranian Linux publication and asked if we would like to publish an English translation of a recent interview they had done with Stallman, I thought that it was a particularly rich opportunity.
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by Sodki on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:10 UTC in reply to "Re:"
Sodki
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2005-11-10

And don't get me started how Stallman pretends "free software" can't have DRM. I can release a DRMed DVD recorder firmware under a BSD license (the FSF approved one), and then TiVoize the device to prevent people from changing it. Sure, Stallman will whine how such software is not free, but since the license is FSF approved, i can claim otherwise.


GPLv2, a free software license that Stallman wrote, can be tivoized. He's not pretending anything. The next license that he wrote, prevents that. I really don't know where you are trying to get here.

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by lucas_maximus on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:22 in reply to "RE: Re:"
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2009-08-18

However the GPLv3 is not compatible with lots of projects that aren't GPL and that is why Torvolds probably won't move to it ...

GPL is quite a restrictive License if you are a developer.

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by Sodki on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Re:"
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

However the GPLv3 is not compatible with lots of projects that aren't GPL and that is why Torvolds probably won't move to it ...


GPLv3 is actually compatible with more licenses than GPLv2. Linus won't move to it because he disagrees with the tivoization restriction.

I also remember reading that he might try to change the license if Sun released OpenSolaris under GPLv3 instead of CDDL, but of course Sun doesn't exist anymore.

GPL is quite a restrictive License if you are a developer.


Only if you don't want to abide by it's terms. Seriously, I think this point is moot. I recently had a discussion with a friend regarding this and thinking "this is why the GPL was created". BSD license already existed, and it was a free software license. But the spirit of the GPL, the spirit of copyleft, is much more than that. Fortunately, you have a choice.

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