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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 14:38:57 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> 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.
> Really? While US President has the power to veto decisions (except
> constitutional amendments) made by Congress, the Congress has the
> power to negate presidential vetos (2/3 majority vote).

You'll find that the charter of the FSF (and pretty much every
organization) differs from the constitution of the US.

>> > 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.
> And what did he failed to implement? Care to provide an example of
> his refusal to adhere in *implementing* something?

Your reading comprehension _really_ is impaired.  He refused to change
the license of Hurd documentation to the GFDL as prescribed by FSF
policies.  Since the whole point of a GNU project maintainer is to
oversee the implementation of the GNU project policies, this made it
necessary to look for another maintainer.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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