Torvalds blasts GPL version 3

By Derek Sooman on July 31, 2006, 5:01 AM
Linus Torvalds, father of Linux, has hit out with sharp criticisms concerning GPL version 3. GPL version 2 currently governs Linux, and in a nutshell provides a kind of quid pro quo philosophy for the OS and the software bundled with it - open-source software can be provided to you, for you to use, but you must give back any changes you make to the world.

GPLv3 is inferior to GPLv2, argues Torvalds. He calls it a "firebrand", saying that it is only good for the extremist policies of the Free Software Foundation.

"The FSF doesn't like that Linux in particular turned the GPLv2 into something pragmatic. The GPLv3 is designed to take the FSF back to its original 'good old days,' when 'Free Software' was a war, and RMS (Stallman) was its proselytizing general. But the fact is, it's not a war, and peaceful and happy co-existence is actually much preferable to moral jihads."
Torvalds goes on to say that all the big changes behind GPLv3 are about fear and hate, and dubs it a total disaster. He also had sharp words for Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation.

"And Richard most definitely doesn't care," he said.

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