Closed source modules will be banned from kernel?

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at
Sun Jul 13 21:10:40 UTC 2008

On Jul  7, 2008, Antonio Olivares <olivares14031 at> wrote:

> --- On Mon, 7/7/08, Rahul Sundaram <sundaram at> wrote:
>> GPLv2 vs GPLv3 doesn't make much of a difference. 

> If it did not make much of a difference, then why is Linus Torvalds
> very much opposed to releasing the kernel(s) in this new version?

> There has to be a catch here!

Mainly out of early misunderstandings, and out of political reasons,
such as his defense of tivoization (because it's more tit-for-tat?).
Add to that the eternal defensiveness from the moral and ethical
grounds of the Free Software movement, encoded in the GPL and
furthered in GPLv3.

There sure is a catch :-)

In case you want to dig deeper, I wrote a lot about GPLv3, trying to
debunk some of the objections about it that came from that general

Alexandre Oliva
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