[Dnsmasq-discuss] GPL v3

Carlos Carvalho carlos at fisica.ufpr.br
Thu Sep 13 00:43:37 BST 2007

Simon Kelley (simon at thekelleys.org.uk) wrote on 12 September 2007 09:59:
 >I guess this is a judgment about hackability. Is a $(TIVO) which uses
 >open source but can't have it's software changed by anyone but the
 >manufacturer preferable to a $(TIVO) which uses closed source code? As a
 >user, I can't see how Open Source helps me unless I can change the
 >software in my box, or pay someone else to do the same. The fact that a
 >common reason to lock-down a firmware image is to secure evil DRM just
 >adds insult to injury.

Exactly. That's why I vote for v3.

Simon Kelley (simon at thekelleys.org.uk) wrote on 12 September 2007 10:01:
 >Cristóbal Palmer wrote:
 >> On 9/11/07, Lars Noodén <lars at umich.edu> wrote:
 >>>         starting from y1/m1/d1 there is a choice of GPLv2 or GPLv3
 >>>         after y2/m2/d2 we will begin using GPLv3 only
 >> I like this idea a lot. It gives you the opportunity to gauge reaction
 >> to the shift better than simple discussion. If you make the period
 >> between date1 and date2 six months or a year, you'll be well-armed to
 >> make the case for your final decision, whether it's to keep with that
 >> track (eventual move to GPLv3 only) or stick with allowing the option
 >> of either v2 or v3.
 >Agreed. It also gives the ability to advertise the forthcoming license
 >change in the CHANGELOG, which will reach more people than this
 >discussion and reduce the chance of springing nasty suprises.

If you say "after y2/m2/d2 we will begin using GPLv3 only" the issue
is already decided and you have to do it. Bowing to pressure is not my
style. If you're not sure about it it's better to say "we will
probably begin...". I recognize that this is a highly subjective decision.

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