Re: Promise SATA driver GPL'd

From: Alan Cox (
Date: Wed Jul 23 2003 - 07:57:44 EST

On Mer, 2003-07-23 at 13:32, Martin Diehl wrote:
> If the copyright holder puts a note on his code saying it is released
> under version 2 of the GPL then clearly neither the "or any later" nor the
> "not specified" cases apply. And I really fail to see how one could
> argue this were an additional restriction compared to GPL v2 literally!

If the copyright holder is not permitted to make such a restriction and
use the existing code then yes.

> Btw, you aren't saying linux-kernel would *not* come with a valid GPL,
> according to linux/COPYING, are you?

The kernel is under GPL. I'm not sure what Linus scribblings make change
if anything. I understand why Linus did it "I dont want the FSF doing
something silly" and also why the FSF did it "so we can fix the license".

Ultimately it makes little difference, Linus is perfectly entitled to
refuse to add anything that doesn't allow GPLv2 use to his kernel tree.

GPLv2 only effectively means your code becomes non-free if a flaw is
found in that GPL revision, and nobody can fix it for 70 years so its
an awkward trade off

I suspect this is getting offtopic 8)

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