[Beowulf] which version of the gpl

Jon Aquilina eagles051387 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 7 06:04:53 PDT 2008

what is the difference between version 2 and 3?

On 7/7/08, Robert G. Brown <rgb at phy.duke.edu> wrote:
> On Mon, 7 Jul 2008, Jon Aquilina wrote:
> im getting ready to start the development of my own clustering distro. im
>> going to be registering it on lanuchpad.net to help me keep track of bugs
>> and for users to post suggestions.  how do i determine which version of
>> the
>> gpl to use?
> The only place you have a choice is in software you write.  A
> distribution is almost entirely software written by other people, and
> you will obviously inherit (and be redistributing under) the license
> each item already has, which "should" be clearly included in the source
> packages.  If you don't find it, you'll have to try to contact the
> authors and get them to license it -- there is stuff out there with no
> overt copyright (leaving the ware covered by a passive one -- new work
> is copyrighted to the author(s) no matter what, basically) and with no
> license at all, or with vague statements about who can use it and when.
> You can opt to include software only with v2, v3, BSD-like, or include
> shareware or even commercial -- it is your distro, you choose.
> If you write a packaging system, an installation system, or any
> NEW clusterware then you can choose your license, and GPL v2 or v3 are
> fine choices.
>    rgb
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Jonathan Aquilina
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