Re: Results of an informal GPLv3 poll amongst kernel contributors

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Fri Sep 22 2006 - 13:40:21 EST

On Fri, 22 Sep 2006, Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> >
> >These are basically just the votes and who voted. There's also a nice
> >graphical tally but I'll attach that by replying to this message so it
> >doesn't get eaten by people's "no mime at all" spam filters.
> >
> >Average Vote -2.0 +/- 0.7
> No surprise here :)

Well, I actually think there were some surprises to some people.

The people involved with the vote were basically selected to be the most
active kernel developers (by just doing some trivial statistics over the
last 18 months and just picking the top ~30 people). I added Alan Cox to
the list, just because, but basically it's otherwise a totally unbiased

And trust me when I say that we're an argumentative lot. Some people
consider the kernel mailing list to be somewhat argumentative at times,
but I think people are even more open in their opinions when they're
allowed to vent freely.

And we certainly had some "heated discussion" over a number of details,
but as you can see from the actual votes, I think the conclusion people
had come to (regardless of their opinions on some issues) were more
uniform than you might have expected.

I think a number of outsiders also believed that I personally was just the
odd man out, because I've been so publicly not a huge fan of the GPLv3.

So I think some people who see the results - especially people who haven't
been active in kernel development themselves - might be surprised to see
that I wasn't even an outlier in the kernel group.

So I suspect your lack of surprise is because you've been on the kernel
mailing list for too long, and already know the personalities of the
people involved.

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