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Re: Can linux kernel claim it uses GPL v2?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Can linux kernel claim it uses GPL v2?
Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2006 14:15:32 +0200
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[Superseded because of the last specified link not being to the point]

Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> Alexander Terekhov <> writes:
>> > "Alfred M. Szmidt" wrote:
>> > [...]
>> >> >From offical dutites, yes, because Thomas went against the policies of
>> >> the GNU project (outright refusing to use the GFDL in a GNU project
>> >
>> > Interesting. So much about GNU freedom of speech.
>> As the maintainer of a GNU project, one is responsible for
>> implementing the GNU policies.  That's not a matter of freedom of
>                       ^
>                       |
> Grand-Imperator's ----+ (aka GNU President)

Of course the president of the FSF sets the policies of the GNU
project he initiated and is in charge of.  That's nothing to be
surprised about.

> And what exactly did Bushnell failed to implement apart from voicing 
> dissent regarding (un)freeness of the GFDL?

Your reading comprehension seems to be impaired.  It was not a problem
of "voicing dissent" with the documentation policies, but rather of
failing to implement them in a project where he was in the officially
appointed position for doing so.

A GNU project maintainer is in a different position than other
developers: he is responsible for the "GNU" aspects.
for the difference.

Concerning licenses and other stuff,
might be of interest for the duties of a GNU project maintainer.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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