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Re: LGPL or GPL+"plugins welcome" ?


From: Stefaan A Eeckels
Subject: Re: LGPL or GPL+"plugins welcome" ?
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 11:58:24 +0200

On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 10:15:15 +0200
Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> wrote:

> Stefaan A Eeckels wrote:
> > 
> > On Mon, 05 Jul 2004 22:11:24 +0200
> > Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> wrote:
> > 
> > > The kernel is licensed under the GPL without any exceptions.
> > 
> > Actually, not quite (though they're more clarifications than
> > real exceptions). The file "COPYING" at the top of the 2.4.18 kernel
> > source tree says:
> 
> Linus' "clarifications" apply only to Linus's work and no one else's 
> work (unless it's clearly stated by the copyright owner). What he said 
> doesn't override the GPL terms. Consider for example /kernel/futex.c:
> 
[...]
>
> It doesn't say anything at all about "COPYING file at the top".
> 

This doesn't make your original statement any more accurate.
"Any exceptions" doesn't mean "with exceptions" by any stretch
of the imagination.

Take care,

-- 
Stefaan
-- 
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