Linus Torvalds, the main developer and project manager of the popular Linux kernel, has told the public there will be no conversion from GPLv2 to GPLv3 for the Linux project.
The draft of the GPLv3, published on January 16th demonstrates the first update to the widesperad Free Software Foundation license in almost 15 years.
One of the major faults for Linus to convert the entire Linux project from the current GPL license to the updated version was a choice made by the Linux project. The traditional GPL version 2 says that any project licensed under it, is also licensed under any future versions of the GPL, however, the Linux modified GPL removes that clause entirely, creating a situation where all contributors to the project would have to be contacted to get the code relicensed.
On top of this flaw, Torvalds said in an entry on the Linux kernel mailing list that he does not agree to the new provision in the GPL which opposes digital rights management. Linus has been quoted saying “I think it’s insane to require people to make their private signing keys available, for example. I wouldn’t do it.”
Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation the author of the original GPL and manager of the entire project claims that the goals of the FSF’s GPL project are not directly connected to that of the Linux project. “The foundation believes that free software–that is, software that can be freely studied, copied, modified, reused, redistributed and shared by its users–is the only ethically satisfactory form of software development, as free and open scientific research is the only ethically satisfactory context for the conduct of mathematics, physics or biology.”
Stallman and the FSF have defended many social attacks of their GNU project, and their attempt to convert the world to a “free software” network in an effort to encourage usage of the GPL and socially “Free” creations.
Richard Stallman’s draft of the GPL 3 has been shot down by Linux developer Linus Torvalds
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