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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mabhatter
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2005-07-17

And YOU are exactly within the DRM restrictions provided you do several things.

1. the source you provide has to be useable... you can't just omit the parts that might let somebody hack your drm.
2. the new GPL does not require you to release YOUR key to your data on the media.. that is your's to do with what you wish.. but if you provide DRM, it has to be useable with SOME key so other people can use it too... It's really not an issue that people make it out to be. After all, things like SSL run all the time with only 2 parties knowing the keys.. that's the point. A GPL'd DRM could be relitively secure.. we use other GPL encryption everyday. With all the eyeballs trying to crack it, it makes your use of it stronger too!

That's the one point where Linus is more pragmatic than RMS. Any system with good security SHOULD support DRM... after all, all DRM essentially is about, is the computer keeping processes seperate.. granted, it can be used for extra restrictions we don't like, but fundamentally, it's what keeps hackers out of your bank account too!

I think the new GPL needs much more careful wording so that it gets the point accross better. Actually, this GPL3 actually clarifies some "grey" areas that cause commercial users problems. They may not be clarifications the developers want, but it is more clear that V2.

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