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Tue, 26 Sep 2006
I hadn't been following the GPLv3 drafting process, since both Andrew Tridgell and Harald Welte are involved. Imagine my surprise to read that kernel developers are standing up against the GPLv3 threat!.
Turns out the GPLv3 is unnecessary! These crack coders have scrutinized GPLv2 and found no problems with it! NONE!
WORSE, the GPLv3 is going to add ONEROUS USE RESTRICTIONS, and by that, they mean when that USE is DISTRIBUTION. What a SHOCKING change!
Who knew that the The Additional Restrictions clause designed to make GPL compatible with other licenses and cure existing fragmentation is actually a FRAGMENTATION "NIGHTMARE"!
Unbelievably, the new license will "JEOPARDISE THE ENTIRE PATENT PORTFOLIO OF A COMPANY SIMPLY BY THE ACT OF PLACING A GPLv3 LICENSED PROGRAMME ON THEIR WEBSITE"!!!!
I weep for my friends, Tridge and Harald, who cannot see these problems: they have clearly been corrupted by exposure to the FSFs diabolically open GPLv3 drafting process! I went to the draft and I couldn't see it either: DAMN FSF MIND RAYS!!!! LUCKY those kernel developers stayed right away from it, so they can tell us the TRUTH, and ensure that the RADICAL FSF LANGUAGE in the preamble "if you distribute copies ... you must give the recipients all the rights that you have" is never ACTUALLY ENFORCED by the license!
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