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Re: linux gpl question

John Galt <galt@inconnu.isu.edu> writes:

> No, he doesn't have to do anything at all with his patches.  They aren't 
> the FSF's to define the license for.  For ONLY the work he authored or 
> has the rights of authorship in, he may do whatever he wishes with it.

However, his patches are patches *of Linux*, and so if he distributes
the patched Linux, he is required to distribute the full source,
because Linux is copyable only under the terms of the GPL and that's
what the GPL requires.  If he doesn't like that, his only option is to
refrain from copying the Linux binaries at all.

RMS of course has nothing to do with it, but the authors of Linux,
whose work on Linux is all GPL'd, certainly do.

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