[Dnsmasq-discuss] GPL v3

AJ Weber aweber at comcast.net
Tue Sep 11 16:23:22 BST 2007

I'm not an attorney, and I didn't "stay in a Holiday Inn last night".  But I've primarily heard the same arguments against adopting v3 licensed code.  They seem to have overstepped their bounds with this version and many echo the same sentiment that it will slow the great momentum that open-source has really built-up.

So, given that I've heard it from multiple people who specialize in that field, I have to agree that remaining with v2 would be highly preferable to me.  I frankly don't know enough about it to understand that if you gave people the choice between using the v2 license and the v3 license, why one would choose v3.

Thanks for the continued great work!

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Paul Chambers 
  To: dnsmasq discussion list 
  Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 10:06 AM
  Subject: Re: [Dnsmasq-discuss] GPL v3

  (putting on my professional hat for a minute)

  If you value the inclusion of dnsmasq in commercial products, as part of 
  'prising them open', then don't force GPL v3 as the only choice. The v3 
  license is seen as a step too far by many in the industry, upsetting the 
  equilibrium between community and commercial use. In my personal 
  opinion, if the v3 license comes into widespread use, it'll do great 
  harm to the growth of Linux usage in embedded devices. In my 
  professional life, we've has already forbidden GPL v3 code in our 
  product codebase, and we're requiring the same of our vendors.

  I just think that GPL v3 actually *lessens* the impact that open source 
  can have outside the desktop PC world, and that makes me sad. I want to 
  drive more open source into products, but this makes it harder to do so. 
  If 'anti-TiVoization' clauses mean TiVo and others are forced to go with 
  non-open source solutions (or inferior ones with more commerce-friendly 
  licenses), seems like everyone loses.

  I'm sure I'll draw fire for this, it's a very emotional subject for many.


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