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Software Emancipation: An Open Letter to Linus Torvalds

Jan 22, 2008, 16:00 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Burnette)

"GPLv2, because of its ubiquity and common sense values, plays a central role in where we are today. It deserves a lot of credit, but it's not without its flaws. GPLv3 started off trying to fix some of the problems but it became highly politicised and mixed up with the software equivalent of 'social engineering.' Just look at the confusing distinction it makes between user and non-user products for example.

"A license is no place for a political or social agenda. So I've got a radical idea I'd like you to consider:

"Let's fork the GPL itself, and come out with our own revision, say, 'GPL version 2.2,' which would become the 'real' successor to GPLv2..."

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