Linux Developers Reject GPLv3
Linux creator Linus Torvalds has opposed GPL version 3 since its draft surfaced in January.
Nine months and one discussion draft later, he still isn’t having it and he’s not alone.
A who’s who list of the top Linux kernel developers has joined Torvalds in rejection of the proposed GPLv3. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, they say.
“Since GPLv2 has served us so well for so long, and since it is the foundation of our developer contract which has helped propel Linux to the successes it enjoys today, we are extremely reluctant to contemplate tampering with that license except as bug fixes to correct exposed problems or updates counter imminent dangers,” the kernel developers position paper states.
“So far, in the whole history of GPLv2, including notable successes both injunctively and at trial, we have not found any bugs significant enough to warrant such corrections.”
Kernel developers James E.J. Bottomley Mauro Carvalho Chehab, Thomas Gleixner, Christoph Hellwig, Dave Jones, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Tony Luck, Andrew Morton, Trond Myklebust and David Woodhouse have endorsed the paper.
The obvious and most notable non-signatory to the position paper is none other than Torvalds. But that’s not to say he doesn’t oppose GPLv3, but rather that he has a different approach as to how he wants to voice that opposition.
“One of the reasons I didn’t end up signing the GPLv3 position statement that James posted (and others had signed up for), was that a few weeks ago I had signed up for writing another kind of statement entirely: not so much about why I dislike the GPLv3, but why I think the GPLv2 is so great,” Torvalds wrote in a mailing list posting.
Torvalds argued that GPLv2 has withstood the test of time and will continue to do so.