[Beowulf] which version of the gpl

Kyle Spaans kspaans at student.math.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Jul 7 06:27:06 PDT 2008

On Mon, Jul 07, 2008 at 03:04:53PM +0200, Jon Aquilina wrote:
> what is the difference between version 2 and 3?

IIRC, the GPLv3 contains a bunch of modernization "upgrades" over the GPLv2. The only one I can think of off of the top of my head is the "Tivoisation" provision, meaning that hardware manufacturers can't lock-in a specific version of the software to the hardware (meaning you can get the source, but you can't modify and run it on the hardware).

There are probably a bunch of provisions for DRM too. But I would imagine that for a desktop developer, there is little to stop you from opting for v3 over v2.

If you are familiar with v2, a useful link: http://www.groklaw.net/articlebasic.php?story=20060118155841115
Else, gplv3.fsf.org and wikipedia.org are good starts.

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