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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Replies from the FSF and RMS
by gpierce on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 00:06 UTC
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It will be interesting to read the rebuttals from the FSF and Richard Stallman that should be forthcoming. I do not have enough insight into the technical and legal issues surrounding GPLv3 or DRM to have an opinion but I do get the sense that the resolution may have profound ramifications--not just for users and software engineers, but for society as a whole--forcing a cleavage not just among afficonados of computer OSs but authors and distributors of everything from movies to music. At any rate, I am very happy that there is some counterbalance to the commercial powers that would love to have copyrights be enforceable for an eternity "plus one day" as someone once put it. Torvalds may want to eschew the political realm, for very understandable reasons; I just hope that it will end well for the millions of people who use Linux, and the millions more whose OSs are improved by competition with Linux.

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