[ubuntu-uk] Microsoft Releases Linux Device Drivers as GPL
rob at esdelle.co.uk
Tue Jul 21 17:47:37 BST 2009
Dave Walker wrote:
> Rob Beard wrote:
>> Chris Rowson wrote:
>>> Interesting little story found on /.
>> 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.
> 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." 
> IANAL, but to me that states that anything released under GPLv2 is
> automatically compatible with GPLv3, and any later license if it suits me.
>  http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.txt
That's what I thought. So surely GPL v3 modules could be used in the
Linux kernel then?
Or is it because this code is going to be part of the kernel (even so I
presume as a module) that it can't be released under the GPL v3?
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