Licensing/Structure

Darren Young darren at younghome.com
Wed Sep 6 08:13:00 PDT 2000


What happens if something happens to Linus???

On Wed, 6 Sep 2000, Mark Stone wrote:

> On Wed, 6 Sep 2000, Darren Young wrote:
> 
> > 
> > Since the system as a whole is based on Linux perhaps it should be
> > GPL. Are there any legal restraints when it comes to the GPL that require
> > anyone that builds on top of Linux to GPL their portions?
> > 
> Short answer: No. The GPL doesn't work that way, or you couldn't have
> Oracle for Linux, VMWare for Linux, Civ:Call to Power for Linux, etc.
> 
> Long answre: No. This actually falls into somewhat of a gray area in the
> GPL (a license where gray areas abound), if you read the GPL very
> narrowly. But Linus has publicly stated that he refuses to interpret the
> GPL that narrowly when it comes to Linux, and he _is_ the final voice in
> such matters.
> 
> 
> Mark
> 
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