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    SubjectRe: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3
    On Jun 17, 2007, Al Viro <> wrote:

    > It's full of kludges exactly because it tries to carve out a notion
    > that can only be determined on case-to-case basis and not by generic
    > definition.

    I agree it's a very difficult definition. I'm not sure I'm happy with
    the wording in place right now. But I very much like and agree with
    its purpose, and it is in line with the goal of respecting and
    defending users' freedoms, which is what the FSF cares mostly about,
    and must care about, because it's its official and public mission.

    > I don't _care_ whether it breaks spirit, etc.

    That's what I care about, and I've seen false claims that it does.

    Can you please acknowledge that it doesn't, such that I can feel I've
    fulfilled my goal of dispelling the myth that the GPLv3 changes the
    spirit of the GPL?

    > GPLv3, with your involvement in its development or not, sucks rocks,
    > thanks to what you call anti-tivoization section.

    Is it correct to say that you share Linus' opinion, that the only
    problem with the GPLv3 is the anti-tivoization provision?

    To make this more concrete, if there was a hypothetical GPLv2.9,
    consisting of GPLv3dd4 minus the "installation information"
    requirements for user products, (i) Would you consider it a better
    license than GPLv2? (ii) Better for Linux? (iii) Enough to go
    through the trouble of switching?

    I'd love answers to these 3 questions from others too.

    Just in case, I shall point out, one more time, that I'm speaking for
    myself, not for the FSF, not for FSFLA, not for Red Hat. The
    questions above are to satisfy my personal curiosity. I don't make
    any commitment whatsoever to take the answers up to the FSF, and I
    don't want to set any expectations as to whether they could or would
    make any difference, at this point, about the outcome of GPLv3.

    If you want your opinions to stand a chance to make a difference, the
    right place to provide them is, and time is
    running short.

    Alexandre Oliva
    FSF Latin America Board Member
    Red Hat Compiler Engineer aoliva@{,}
    Free Software Evangelist oliva@{,}
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