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Re: Linux and GPLv2

Arnoud Engelfriet wrote:

Interesting point. But the statement would apply certainly to
Linus' own contributions. And that would preclude distribution
of anything containing those contributions under anything but GPLv2
I think. But if you can take out his code (and any other that's
GPLv2 only), you'd be free to apply GPLv3 if and when it comes out.

Sorry, but no, no, no.

Everything that is not completely independent and extractable and beyond
any doubt non-historically-derived of Linus code is a derivative work
and, as such, can only be distributed under the terms of the GPLv2.

To prove something not derivative, you would have to show that
historically, it was made for other kernel, and that there is no
tranformation of the linux kernel that resulted in that something. There
*is* at least one example in the tree: the ppp code is derivative from
one of the BSDs.

So, you could take ppp and distribute under the BSD but not a lot else.


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