Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on February 04, 2006 08:35 PM
Yes, of course someone can fork linux if they want. But that does'nt mean that they can change the license. To change the license they would have to get permission from all copyrightholders in the linux kernel that have placed there code under GPLv2 only, including people that are now dead. To sort out who owns the copyright to all the code would be an enormous task and that is really the reason why Linus Torvalds can't change the licensing of the kernel either, even if he wanted to.