Linux Wont Switch to GPLv3

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-06-13 Print this article Print

Leading Linux kernel developers say they don't see enough reason to switch to Version 3 of the GPL license. (Linux-Watch)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—If anyone out there still thinks that the main Linux kernel might change to the GNU GPLv3 (GNU General Public License Version 3) anytime soon, you can forget about it. At the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit at the Googleplex, five of the leading Linux kernel developers said that they couldnt see anything like a good enough reason to switch to the forthcoming free software license. What do the authors of GPLv3 think about the final draft? Click here to read their comments.
Like Linus Torvalds, Linuxs founder and guiding light, the developers still dislike the GPLv3.
During a panel on kernel development, when asked about the new GPLv3, due out on June 29, Greg Kroah-Hartman said that he had not changed his opinion that he thinks the "GPLv3 is bad." To justify switching Linux to the GPLv3 it "would have to be significantly better, and its not," said Kroah-Hartman. Ted Tso added that, "pragmatically speaking, its too much trouble for not enough advantage." Tso continued, "I think [the latest draft is] much better. I may use it in my userspace community programs. The Free Software Foundation did listen. This version is much better. Props to Eben Moglen and company for making it better, but it still has problems and its not that much better than the GPLv2. Moving the current Linux kernel would take at least six months of arguing and work and its just not worth it." Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Forget About Linux Going GPLv3 Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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