Linus Torvalds says Linux kernel will remain GPL v2

Conrad Knauer atheoi at
Tue Jan 15 23:16:35 GMT 2008

On Jan 15, 2008 4:48 PM, Scott (angrykeyboarder)
<geekboy at> wrote:

[snip; tinyurl that redirects to digg that finally ends up on]

This really isn't news any more than 'Mark Shuttleworth says Ubuntu
will remain using only free software applications' or such.

Though there were a couple interesting spots in the article:

"Torvalds has also previously said there is at least one thing that
might make him consider recommending to Linux's copyright owners that
they change to GPL v3: if Sun Microsystems releases OpenSolaris under
GPL v3." (still old news, but... it appears that's exactly what Sun is
going to do next:
Interesting times indeed.)

"Asked by Zemlin why the Linux kernel does not have a stable device
driver application binary interface, Torvalds said, "We really,
really, really don't want one. The main reason most people want a
stable ABI [application binary interface] is so that they can have
their binary drivers and not have to give out source. They don't want
to merge that source into the stable kernel or the standard kernel.""
(anti-compatibility to prevent proprietary kernel drivers from taking
root; sounds like an immune system of sorts :)


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