samba license change

Simo Sorce ssorce at
Wed Oct 10 04:26:21 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-10-10 at 06:06 +0200, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-10-10 at 13:38 +1000, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> > The bit that bothers me is that not only was Samba for the longest time
> > mentioned in most GPLv3 news articles, we asked if anybody had a reason
> > not to change our licence, and nobody gave a compelling reason.
> The rationales for projects not wanting to switch to GPLv3 are quite
> simple:
> - GPLv2 has a long tradition. How to apply it is well understood, its
> implications on works is well understood.
> - GPLv2 had been challenged at courts. Its leaks/wholes and its
> validity/applicability are well understood.
> With GPLv3 these points do not apply anymore. It's all "brand new".
> I.e. on one hand you have the FSF claiming GPLv3 to be "great progress"
> and to close "leaks" GPLv2 has/was accused to have, on the other hand
> you have fear und uncertainty due to lack of understanding the GPLv3 and
> lack of facts to support the FSF's claims (e.g. challenges at courts).

If we had to wait for court approval on licenses Free software and Open
Source would not exist at all, that has never stopped anybody in the
past nor in the present, it is just a marginal consideration.

In any case this is completely irrelevant, we are not asking anybody to
go GPLv3, but to come out with a decision on what they want to do. Once
that is clear we will know how to handle the situation.


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