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    Subjecthow about mutual compatibility between Linux's GPLv2 and GPLv3?
    Here's an idea that just occurred to me, after all the discussions
    about motivations, tit-for-tat, authors' wishes and all.

    If GPLv3 were to have a clause that permitted combination/linking with
    code under GPLv2, this wouldn't be enough for GPLv3 projects to use
    Linux code, and it wouldn't be enough for Linux code to use GPLv3
    projects. That's because GPLv2 would still demand all code to be
    licensed under GPLv2, and GPLv3 wouldn't permit this.

    However, if GPLv3 had a permission to combine/link with code under
    GPLv2, *and* Linux (and any other projects interested in mutual
    compatibility) introduced an additional permission to combine/link
    with code under GPLv3 (or even GPLv3+, constrained by some condition
    if you will), then:

    - the kernel Linux could use code from GPLv3 projects

    - GPLv3 projects could use code from Linux

    - each copyright holder would still get to enforce the terms s/he
    chose for his/her own code

    Does this sound like something that would make sense for your
    community, so as to maintain/increase cooperation between authors who
    love GPLv2 and those who love defense for freedom, while respecting
    each author's not-always-compatible wishes?

    In other words, does it even make sense for the FSF to consider
    introducing such a provision in GPLv3, that AFAICT, by itself, would
    have no effect whatsoever, since an additional permission would be
    needed for the GPLv2 side?

    If you were to permit compatibility with GPLv3+ (rather than GPLv3),
    would you constrain it? Would something like:

    as long as the later version grants each licensee the same
    permissions as GPLv2, except for constraining permissions that would
    enable one licensee to deny other licensees the exercise of the
    permissions granted by both licenses

    do, subject to translation to proper legalese (if that's at all

    Do you know of any other communities that are like-minded with you,
    that are sticking with GPLv2, that I could poll about interest in such
    a provision in GPLv3?

    Thanks, and sorry for taking your attention away from coding one more
    time. I hope you find it worth it this time.

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