Thursday, January 26, 2006

Torvalds not keen on new GPL?

Stephen Shankland reports that Linux keyholder Linus Torvalds isn't keen on aligning the kernal with a new, and as yet incomplete, GPL license. Torvalds said that it is "insane to require people to make their private signing keys available," referring to the anti-DRM element in the GPL 3 draft specification. More infighting among the Linux stalwarts and the formation of polarized factions will turn the Linux community into open source software version of the Mideast–lots of talk, posturing, and little progress.

One recalls Torvalds is the fellow who advised his people not to read patents, sort of setting the public disclosure function of patents on its head.


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