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Re: Can linux kernel claim it uses GPL v2?

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Can linux kernel claim it uses GPL v2?
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2006 20:05:31 +0200 (CEST)

   > They [Linux] did not modify GPLv2.

   They most certinally did. You can see file COPYING yourself. They
   adjusted term "derived work" - the most uncertain of all. It has
   legal meaning, but they changed it.

This isn't modification of the license.  It is adding an execption to
the license, much like only licensing something under only the GPLv2.

   The reason why kernel is GPL while glibc is LGPL is because of
   syscall note. On certain architecture it wouldnt matter wheather
   you call kernel or dynamic library.

Simply false. The reason why glibc is LGPL is to allow propietery code
to be used on GNU and its variants; if glibc was GPLed, ann programs
that use glibc must also be GPL.

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