Jan 262006
 
Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds

Even though the first discussion draft of the third version of the General Public License is only a little over a week old, Linus Torvalds, father of the Linux kernel, has made it clear that the kernel source code will remain under GPLv2. The revelation came in a message Linus posted to a thread in the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) yesterday. In addition to clearing up some confusion about the language the kernel’s license was originally published under, Torvalds succinctly and definitively summarized his position about transitioning to v3 saying, “Conversion isn’t going to happen.”

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Jan 112006
 

GNU General Public LicenseThe first major overhaul of the General Public License (GPL) in almost 15 years is set to be released to the public by the Free Software Foundation at the First International Conference on GPLv3 at MIT on January 16th. Monday’s draft, which will begin the public debate about the wording of version 3, is just the first of 2-3 “discussion drafts” planned for this year leading up to the final revision. The official version is scheduled to be completed one year to the day after the release of the first draft but could actually be finalized anytime during the first quarter of 2007.

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