A CNET News.com article by Munir Kotadia and Chris Duckett joins many other media outlets reporting on how Linus Torvalds, the historical originator of the Linux kernel, is saying that discussions of "DRM" and the upgrade to the GPL is all a bunch of "hot air".
Torvalds said that despite all the arguments about which technology or software development methodology is better, "good technology" will win in the end.
As someone who has dedicated much of his recent life to trying to educate people about technology and the law, I couldn't disagree with Linus more. It is the attitude that he is showing that has caused so few technical people to involve themselves in technology law, and why we have such nonsense coming out of governments, international organizations creating treaties, and the courts.
This "technological determinism" is dangerous, and should be rejected. No matter how much Torvalds wants to believe it, the law (and the power of the state to cause economic ruin and put people in jail) trumps digital technology. It is our duty as informed technologists to be involved in helping to create sane public policy regulating technology.
I have commented elsewhere that I am contemplating moving from Linux to OpenSolaris if Sun decides to use the GPLv3 and a developer and competitive support marketplace forms around it. It is largely the political views expressed in the software license that drew me to the Linux kernel in the first place (over the BSD licensed BSD kernel - I never considered Microsoft Windows when upgrading from AmigaDOS in the early 1990's), and it may be the attitude of some developers and an outdated GPLv2 license that is why I move onward.