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Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code
Date: 21 Jun 2004 17:21:57 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
> > "worst" that would happen if some copyright holders would try to get
> > as retentive as you try to be, is that NPTL would be factored out of
> > glibc and made a separate GPLed library.
> That would be fun.

It is hardly surprising that your notion of "fun" is about as twisted
as anything else one gets to see here from you.

> > > P.S. Linus: The "user program" exception is not an exception at
> > > all.
> > 
> > That's why it is not called an exception but a clarification.  You
> > are really fond of straw men.
> > 
> > Date:   Wed, 3 Dec 2003 16:00:21 -0800 (PST)
> > From:   Linus Torvalds <>
> And this is the winner:

So you have discovered that Linus changed his mind in the last 10
years about how rigidly to apply the GPL with regard to kernel
modules.  Which is why it is a good idea to err on the conservative

While you are constantly and maliciously proposing to err on the
reckless side, without making it clear that you are pretty much alone
with your interpretations of the law.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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