Re: Plan to release a gplv3 compliant debian-based release
On Tue, 2013-07-02 at 15:32 -0700, John H. Robinson, IV wrote:
> Svante Signell wrote:
> > I've been thinking about this for some time now. There is a need for a
> > gplv3+-compliant Debian-based distribution! Meaning that gplv2 only code
> > will not be included! For kernels, kFreeBSD and Hurd will remain, and
> > Linux will be several years back of course. Anybody has an idea on how
> > old Linux kernel will remain? Comments, ideas, any takers? Criticism I
> > assume will be plenty. Maybe even FSF might help here.
> Good luck with the Linux kernel...
> commit 625a8e113925b0bf958e7a4a05b91663908530a1
> Author: linus1 <email@example.com>
> Date: Sat Sep 5 11:00:00 1992 -0800
> [PATCH] Linux-0.97.3 (September 5, 1992)
> Hey, we switched to the GPL several months ago, but only now do we
> include the license text itself. Apparently everybody expected
> everybody else to just know what the GPL was..
> Exactly when the switch over took place is left as an exercise for
> reader. Since it was over a decade ago, I seriously doubt anyone would
> use anything that ancient as a basis for a modern kernel.
The interesting thing is not when Linus used the GPL license the first
time, it was v2 by then. Of crucial interest is when Linus changed from
v2 or later to v2 only. And looking at the source code, e.g. 3.9.8, a
very lot of files are still v2+, not v2 only. That's a very big