Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 21:15 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Linus Torvalds, father of the Linux kernel, has fleshed out his unhappiness with GPLv3 in three recent posts on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. Torvalds previously stated that the kernel will remain under the licensing terms of GPLv2. Yesterday, Torvalds offered his opinion as to where the battle over DRM should take place.
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teprrr
Member since:
2005-07-06

Umh, if you link against GPL stuff, you have to adhere the GPL and thus release your source as GPL too.

EDIT: oh, sorry, you said that already... Maybe I should get some sleep now.. Good night!

Edited 2006-02-02 22:02

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ben_dash Member since:
2005-10-13

May I be the first to point out that you are wrong.

If you link your program or library to a GPL library you do NOT have to release your code as GPL.

Do you seriously think that everything that links to libgcc has to release their source code as GPL???

http://bensqanda.blogspot.com

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Wrawrat Member since:
2005-06-30

Actually, he is right. You are now allowed to link a GPL library with proprietary code. Well, you can, but you cannot distribute the work legally. Hence why the LGPL exists. It got a special provision for linking.

As for gcc, it's a compiler, not a library!

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ben_dash Member since:
2005-10-13

Note to self; proof read before you post and don't type GPL when you're obviously talking about libraries and LGPL ;-)

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ben_dash Member since:
2005-10-13

I obviously mean LGPL ;-) sorry about that!

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teprrr Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh, I thought that this derivative clause causes it that you must to distribute your source too. But if it'd be like you said, what's the problem with Qt using GPL then?

And btw libgcc isn't vanilla GPL, check this out http://gcc.gnu.org/ml/gcc-help/2003-07/msg00178.html :

In addition to the permissions in the GNU General Public License,
the Free Software Foundation gives you unlimited permission to link
the compiled version of this file into combinations with other
programs, and to distribute those combinations without any
restriction coming from the use of this file. (The General Public
License restrictions do apply in other respects; for example, they
cover modification of the file, and distribution when not linked
into a combine executable.)

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ben_dash Member since:
2005-10-13

Yes, I goofed. I meant libc, and since we were talking about libraries I said GPL when I obviously meant LGPL - I need to proof read more ;-)

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