Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2006 23:54 UTC, submitted by sean batten
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Linus Torvalds doesn't want to change the Linux kernel's software license, and he said so again last week. For good measure this time, he threw in some inflammatory remarks. "I literally feel," wrote Torvalds, "that we do not, as software developers, have the moral right to enforce our rules on hardware manufacturers. We are not crusaders, trying to force people to bow to our superior God." Since the crusades were a foreign adventure responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands, that's not the most diplomatic response, and FSF counsel Eben Moglen refused to be drawn into retaliation when we contacted him for comment."
Thread beginning with comment 93717
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
The Hurd
by ozonehole on Wed 8th Feb 2006 02:08 UTC
ozonehole
Member since:
2006-01-07

If Stallman & friends feel so passionately about GPL v3, then they can release their own kernel (The Hurd) under it. In fact, I'm sure that they will do this. So if the "free world" thinks that GPL v3 is so important, they can migrate to The Hurd. Let's have some competition here, Linux GPL v2 vs. The Hurd GPL v3. The world will decide which is better. Info about The Hurd can be found here:

http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd.html

Personally, I wouldn't bet my lunch on The Hurd, but we'll see.

It would be nice if this GPL debate could be discussed in a civilized manner. Like most of the other posters here, I found the original article to be offensive, especially the remark about "crusaders." That was a very cheap shot, and tarnishes the author's argument to such an extent that even if he's right, people are going to dismiss him as a loonie.

Reply Score: 2

RE: The Hurd
by gpierce on Wed 8th Feb 2006 02:21 in reply to "The Hurd"
gpierce Member since:
2005-07-07

The "crusader" label was applied by Linus Torvalds to the free software "fanatics", or "jihadists" as one poster here humorously put it. I had been expecting more commentary from the FSF and RMS upon LT's outbursts but they have been surprisingly quiet. If I remember correctly RMS said very recently that LT was entitled to do what he wanted to with his kernel, and that he did not want to engage LT in a public argument.

On the topic of the HURD, the project seems ambitious. It would be interesting to see if the availability of processors sporting more cores and faster speeds will make the microkernel design more practical in the future.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE: The Hurd
by sergio on Wed 8th Feb 2006 02:23 in reply to "The Hurd"
sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

"So if the "free world" thinks that GPL v3 is so important, they can migrate to The Hurd."

The Hurd... or The OpenSolaris. It will be GPL3'd too.

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE: The Hurd
by AnonaMoose on Wed 8th Feb 2006 02:23 in reply to "The Hurd"
AnonaMoose Member since:
2005-08-11

Howdy

I found the original article to be offensive, especially the remark about "crusaders." That was a very cheap shot, and tarnishes the author's argument to such an extent that even if he's right, people are going to dismiss him as a loonie.

There isn`t much in the article that I do not see as "reality challenged", next we`ll be hearing about "day walkers" or "married people" perhaps even stranger concepts in an online society.

Reply Parent Score: 1