[ubuntu-uk] Microsoft Releases Linux Device Drivers as GPL

Dave Walker DaveWalker at ubuntu.com
Tue Jul 21 16:42:07 BST 2009

Rob Beard wrote:
> Chris Rowson wrote:
>> Interesting little story found on /.
>> http://news.slashdot.org/story/09/07/20/1643251/Microsoft-Releases-Linux-Device-Drivers-As-GPL
>> Chris
> Anyone known the URL for the weather in Hell on the Met Office web site? :-)
> Still, sounds good that they are releasing something under the GPL, 
> funny how they didn't release it under GPL 3.
> Rob

Hi Rob:

Well part of the standard clause of GPLv2 states:

"This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version." [0]

IANAL, but to me that states that anything released under GPLv2 is
automatically compatible with GPLv3, and any later license if it suits me.

[0] http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.txt

Kind Regards,
Dave Walker

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