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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Front page to wiki now modifiable again

From: Mikhael Goikhman
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Front page to wiki now modifiable again
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 16:26:00 +0000
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On 22 Mar 2004 00:29:55 -0500, Adrian Irving-Beer wrote:
> I suppose people use 'or later' because there may be unforseen
> limitations in the current GPL that future ones overcome.

People use 'or later', because this is the canonical wording stated in
the license itself, see line 299 in

> But if I am satisfied with the freedoms and restrictions imposed by a
> GPL v2, it seems wiser to use that than to license it under a bunch of
> hypothetical licenses I've never read.
> I guess that means that personally, if I had to choose, I'd pick v2-only
> rather than v2-or-whatever.

If you substitute v2-or-whatever with a more appropriate v2-or-any-fixed-
version-of-it, then it is not so clear what is wiser. For one, like me,
who does not want to even understand any legal problems, just wants to
freely write and merge any GPL'd code and documentation, the blessed
wording is the way to go.

Note, that this issue is not purely theoretical for me, I actually wanted
to use tips from the Wiki in the documentation of my current projects.


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