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Linux creator Linus Torvalds, in an interview being made public by the Linux Foundation Tuesday, stressed that version 2 of the GPL (GNU General Public License) still makes the most sense for the Linux kernel over the newer GPL version 3. Among GPL 3 highlights are protections against patent infringement lawsuits and provisions for license compatibility. Torvalds acknowledged he had spoken out against GPL 3 before it was released. He had opposed digital rights management provisions in early-2006, calling them burdensome.

Linus Torvalds, programmer, creator of the Linux kernel

On patent trolls, he says:

Yeah, they're kind of like the tourists that you can't bomb because there's nothing there to bomb. There are just these individuals that don't have anything to lose. That breaks the whole cold war model and seems to be one of the reasons that even big companies are now starting to realize that patents and software are a really bad idea.

The in-depth discussion has been split into two parts; the first segment is available today at Linux foundation blog. The next installment will be available in two weeks. Transcripts are also available on the LF website.

=> You can listen to complete conversations podcast here. If you'd rather read a transcript, you can find it here. (via Yahoo news - Image credit Wikipedia Linus article)

GPL version 3 released

After long debate, GPL v3 is here. Richard Stallman's Free Software Foundation launched GPL Version 3 on Friday, 29, 2007 with an eye toward restricting patent actions against free software

One of the early adopters of GPL 3 will be the Samba Server project. Samba is extremely useful for sharing files and printers between UNIX computers and Microsoft Windows computer.

Over the last decade the GPL revolutionized the way software is written and distributed. GPL v3 is supposed to take revolution next level. However Linux is not going to be released under GPL v3.

What's new in GPL 3

Following are few new things in GPL v3.

Say no to DRM

This new version block DRM (digital rights management) shit in all GPL licensed code. For example TiVo set-top box cannot use GPL 3 licensed code.

Say no to Patents

GPL 3 also blocks nasty deals such as Microsoft/Novell agreement.

Sure it will take some time to adopt new license.


=> Read GNU General Public License v3.0

=> Can I modify GNU GPL software for my proprietary software application?

=> GPL Advantages and Disadvantages - Why you should use BSD license

=> Why use GPL version 3 - Why upgrade from GPL 2 to GPL 3?