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    could the GPLv3 kill samba?

    I'm not looking for a flame war, but since samba uses workgroups and I think Microsoft has some sort of patient on that, wouldn't samba run into some problems?

    if Linux(kernel) has ntfs and fat support aren't those both patiented, would that also pose a problem
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    Re: could the GPLv3 kill samba?

    That is Microsofts best intention isn't it? that since their stuff is patented you have to pay to play, and samba doesn't pay. Steve Balmer claims Linux infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property, and those are the kinds of things he points to.

    What is the role that GPL3 will play in this? Will samba HAVE to upgrade to GPL3 or can they chose to keep working the way they currently are. I mean, it's an important technology to have around. I hope it won't go away.
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    Re: could the GPLv3 kill samba?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hendrixski View Post
    That is Microsofts best intention isn't it? that since their stuff is patented you have to pay to play, and samba doesn't pay. Steve Balmer claims Linux infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property, and those are the kinds of things he points to.

    What is the role that GPL3 will play in this? Will samba HAVE to upgrade to GPL3 or can they chose to keep working the way they currently are. I mean, it's an important technology to have around. I hope it won't go away.
    thats my question, if this stuff is patented would they have to remove it to go gplv3

    what about stuff like mp3 play back, and even double click

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    Re: could the GPLv3 kill samba?

    You dont have to upgrade your license version, you can say specifically 'i license this software under GPLv2':

    Quote Originally Posted by GPLv2
    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
    modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
    as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
    of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
    So in short,
    Could the GPLv3 kill samba? possibly.
    Will it? No.
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    Re: could the GPLv3 kill samba?

    Quote Originally Posted by christhemonkey View Post
    You dont have to upgrade your license version, you can say specifically 'i license this software under GPLv2':



    So in short,
    Could the GPLv3 kill samba? possibly.
    Will it? No.
    can you link and package GPLv2 software with GPLv3?

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    Re: could the GPLv3 kill samba?

    Im unsure.
    It might be mentioned in GPLv3, which i havnt read for quite a while.

    But i imagine it should be ok?
    IANAL btw so might be wrong!
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    Re: could the GPLv3 kill samba?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkhatter View Post
    can you link and package GPLv2 software with GPLv3?
    one would hope that the FSF made them compatible
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    Re: could the GPLv3 kill samba?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hendrixski View Post
    one would hope that the FSF made them compatible
    if they make them compatible they won't be able to stop Novell, so my guess is they aren't......

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    Re: could the GPLv3 kill samba?

    Well, you can link gplv2 software with gplv3 software, but they would prefer you didn't. However, the Linux kernel will stay v2, as will a lot of the current software in use in Linux. Getting people to adopt v3 will be difficult methinks.
    The FSF will not be able to stop Novell in all practicality, unless they use libraries licensed under v3 which are linked to proprietary software.
    Thats what the FSF means by linking - at a library level.
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    Re: could the GPLv3 kill samba?

    Quote Originally Posted by bonzodog View Post
    Well, you can link gplv2 software with gplv3 software, but they would prefer you didn't. However, the Linux kernel will stay v2, as will a lot of the current software in use in Linux. Getting people to adopt v3 will be difficult methinks.
    The FSF will not be able to stop Novell in all practicality, unless they use libraries licensed under v3 which are linked to proprietary software.
    Thats what the FSF means by linking - at a library level.
    That's right. The kernel that makes everything possible is going to stay gplv2. So what can they do? It is a project's own personal choice on whether to upgrade or not. I know people will hate me for saying this, but Richard Stallman isn't the controller of the Linux universe.

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