Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
When I wrote about the wrangling over the GNU GPLv3 licence a month back, it provoked a lively conversation in the comments. Given this evident passion among readers, I thought it would be interesting to ask the top hackers - the ones actually involved in the discussions - for their thoughts on the matter. So I contacted Richard Stallman for the FSF angle, and a bunch of the top kernel hackers - Linus, Alan Cox, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Andrew Morton and Dave Miller - for their view.
Since these people are all pretty busy, I didn't expect much of a response - the odd line here or there if I was lucky. But I was wrong: they all responded generously, with fascinating comments and insights into the GPLv3 and related issues. In fact, their replies were so detailed that they are too long to print here in full. Instead, I've pulled out what seemed to me some of the key points each was making (for the kernel coders, I've followed the order adopted in the GPLv3 poll). If you want the full story, I've put Richard Stallman's detailed thoughts, and the collected wisdom of the Linux hackers, online elsewhere, with individual links in each section below.