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Hello. I seen a video of you a while back talking to Debian developers about their issues with the CDDL license. Then again I stumbled across your blog with a link you put Luis Villa's blog regarding the GPLv3 license review proccess so that's two times. Pretty good I figure considuring there are millions of people online nowadays. :-) I have a question or two that maybe you can answer and I was very curious about, but I am just a lay person and can't figure it out. The thing is is that now that GPLv3 has some patent language in it.. Is this going to make it compatable with the CDDL license? Would this encourage Sun to adopt GPLv3 for major things like Java? Maybe with persmissive add-ons for allowing linking like the LGPL or maybe something for driver compatability? If that was to happenn... I think it would be interesting to see now the Linux developer's attitudes torwards things like 'dtrace'-like mechanisms and internal ABI stability when users get to choose between using a distribution with a Solaris kernel and a distribution with a Linux kernel like they can with a distribution using KDE vs Gnome. It'll also be weird for people trying to figure out a name to call 'Foss Apps + Solaris' vs 'Foss Apps + Linux' when they both are source code compatable (and even binary compatable in a lot of ways). Can't realy call the community 'Linux' anymore when Linux isn't often used. Think they'll break down and start calling it GNU/Foo? :-p

Posted by Nate on October 01, 2006 at 07:18 PM PDT #

gah. forgot the br's again. That's what I get for not using the preview button. Hope it's readable.

Posted by guest on October 01, 2006 at 07:18 PM PDT #

Hi Nate - if you want to post again I will delete the previous version for you, but I am unable to edit it.

Yes, I have high hopes that CDDL and GPL v3 will prove to be compatible. My preferred solution to your dilemma is to use "GNU/OpenSolaris" to describe use of the GPL-ed userland with the OpenSolaris kernel - that's the term that Nexenta uses for example. The bulk of the "Linux" community is actually the "GNU" community anyway, in which Sun is a major participant, so I'd be pleased to see the naming become more rational!

Posted by Simon Phipps on October 01, 2006 at 08:21 PM PDT #

I have been sitting on this paper I wrote for too long :) Sun's working paper is very good, probably there is something interesting here too. The only difficult thing that I spotted on Sun's paper is that it says: <quote>The license is only for the exact scope of the standard in question</quote> but this can be a problem with GPLed software (see FSF's position about the limitation of scope in the W3C patent policy).

Posted by StefanoMaffulli on October 02, 2006 at 01:24 AM PDT #

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