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Re: [vox-tech] Urgent news: Linux may be relicensed
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Re: [vox-tech] Urgent news: Linux may be relicensed

Bob Scofield wrote:
I can't find anything about this on the CNN website. And judging from the two replies to this message I don't know if this is serious.
It wasn't. I was almost willing to accept it at first, but even then, I knew one simple fact: no matter what Linus' intentions might be, it is legally impossible for him (or anyone else) to relicense Linux as anything other than GPL. This is because he doesn't own the Linux source code: only a small fraction of it, basically. That and the trademarked name "Linux", itself. In order to change the lincese, the entire community of everyone who ever contributed source code to Linux would have to agree with the move, which is of course logistically impossible.

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