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Re: GPL version 3

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: GPL version 3
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 21:03:44 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 11:10:06PM +0200, Jeroen Dekkers wrote:
> At Wed, 4 Jul 2007 21:40:15 +0200,
> Yoshinori K. Okuji wrote:
> > So I bet that GRUB Legacy should remain under GPLv2. But this can cause 
> > some 
> > problem potentially. Let's say, we find the same bug both in GRUB Legacy 
> > and 
> > in GRUB 2. In the current trend, the bug would be fixed in GRUB 2 sooner. 
> > But 
> > this fix may not be backported to GRUB Legacy as it is, once GRUB 2 
> > migrates 
> > to GPLv3, because of the license incompatibility. Thus this means that the 
> > maintenance of GRUB Legacy would be harder.
> Are you sure about this? Given that we've assigned copyright to the
> FSF, the FSF can decide under which free software license to license
> that code. So I don't really see why we can't release the same code
> under GPLv2 or later in GRUB Legacy and under GPLv3 or later in GRUB2.

This also defeats the point of making GRUB 2 GPLv3, since when we backport
it to GRUB Legacy we're licensing this feature in GPLv2, and then it's no
longer protected against Treacherous Computing, etc.

Robert Millan

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