Mark Stone mstone at
Wed Sep 6 08:14:05 PDT 2000

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.


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