Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 26th Jan 2006 02:21 UTC, submitted by Moparx
Linux Linus posted on the Linux Kernel Mailing List today and said that the kernel will not be moving to GPLv3. "The Linux kernel is under the GPL version 2. Not anything else. Some individual files are licenceable under v3, but not the kernel in general. And quite frankly, I don't see that changing."
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RE: ok then
by sigzero on Fri 27th Jan 2006 12:53 UTC in reply to "ok then"
sigzero
Member since:
2006-01-03

Realistically yes. Unless you want to replace eveything Linus has ever committed to the kernel. No? I thought not. To get the kernel to v3 (which there is zero reason to do anyway) you have to do 1 of 2 things:

#1 Get everyone still living to agree to it.

#2 Re-write everything that those against moving to the v3 version committed to the kernel.

I see neither of those happening.

Then you have the politics aspect of going against Linus the kernel guy himself. Oi! I don't see that happening with any kind of success what-so-ever.

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RE[2]: ok then
by gplCop318 on Fri 27th Jan 2006 13:39 in reply to "RE: ok then"
gplCop318 Member since:
2006-01-10

No I just want to ask linus to agree to a v3 fork. Ask everyone living to agree to a v3 fork. Then everyone is happy... no?

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RE[3]: ok then
by Wrawrat on Fri 27th Jan 2006 16:47 in reply to "RE[2]: ok then"
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2005-06-30

First of all, it's impossible to get a perfect consensus without any form of compromise. Unless the FSF and the Linux developers are open at making some, it won't happen. There is the option of rewriting GPLv2 code, but this would be counter-productive. It would probably hinder the momentum that Linux got. Given that the GNU OS is usually combined with the Linux kernel, it might have an impact on their goals.

People should just live with the fact that Linux is not GNU. It's not like GPLv2 is completely useless, either. If you cannot accept this, just use the alternatives...

Sometimes, I wish Linus & co started the development or the porting of another userland to prove their kernel is not "just another dumb piece in the puzzle that is easily replacable".

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