Version 3 of the GNU General Public License will soon be finished, enabling free software packages to upgrade from GPL version 2. This article explains why upgrading the license is important.
June 5, 2007
April 3, 2007
The latest draft release of the GNU Public License version 3 (GPLv3) released last week includes provisions that aim specifically to stop future software patent deals like the one made by Microsoft and Novell last fall.
The proposed language has caused controversy in the technical and legal realms of the open source community.
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March 29, 2007
Comments about the third draft of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3), which was released yesterday, are still coming in.
So far, we’ve spoken with Free Software Foundation founder Richard M. Stallman, Linux creator Linus Torvalds, and Bruce Lowry, director of global public relations for Novell. Their reactions offer some new perspectives and at least one possible sign of movement toward consensus. Together, they also highlight the issues that are likely to dominate discussion of the draft in the days to come.
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March 28, 2007
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released the third draft of the revised third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3).
Some of the changes in the new draft, such as the increased clarification and legal language, or the housekeeping changes that reflect new aspects of the license are likely to be accepted. However, the license also includes a new approach to the controversial issue of lock-down technologies as well as more explicit language about patents, including language designed to prevent a re-occurrence of agreements such as the one that Novell entered into with Microsoft — all of which is apt to kindle heated debate as the revision process enters its final stages after fifteen months of intensive work.
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One wonders if Reuters has a special interest in slinging misinformation about the Linux community, or just deeply misunderstands the Linux community and can’t be bothered to get it right.
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March 27, 2007
In an interview Peter Brown, executive director of the Free Software Foundation, said:
“We need to make sure such deals don’t make a mockery of the goals of free software,”
“The Free Software Foundation will seek to undermine the Microsoft-Novell patent deal by incorporating language that will accomplish that goal into the new license agreement that will cover rights to much of the code in Linux.”
“They found a way to effectively proprietize free software by offering patent promises to Novell,” Brown said. “Whenever a new method comes along to effectively turn free software into proprietary software, we will adjust the license.”
March 4, 2007
But do we need that protection?, I have not seen any harm done to Linux or foss, my Ubuntu box runs as smoothly as always, and am looking forward to Feisty, the next Ubuntu version.
In other words; do we need to be happy, or feel threatened with decisions companies make as far as GPL2 is concerned? (Reminds me of freedom of speech.)
Development of Linux and applications running on Linux goes faster and faster, and the general public acceptance of Linux on the desktop is increasing.
Maybe the Novell/Microsoft deal even helps with that process, contracting new, potential fud sensitive companies. Some say Tivoisation is a good thing for hardware compatible with Linux.
Why not add a few lines on Tivoisation, or deals like Novell/Microsoft if things do get out of hand, to GPL2?
Linus Torvalds basically says: The Free Software Foundation has a new lock, want to set it up on my front door saying “From now on you are safe, here is the key, we’ll keep the spare keys to keep an eye on your safety”.
And lets be honest, would you trust a locksmith looking like Richard Stallman? (just kidding)
Lets make sure to keep foss free and open, and not change it to some sectarian religion, shutting out new ideas and tricks, how evil they may seem at first glance, for it would stop innovation.
February 24, 2007
Open source vendor Novell has asserted that there is no truth in speculations of it losing out on the General Public License (GPL) to sell Linux operating system software.
February 19, 2007
NEW YORK — When the the third draft of the General Public License comes out, look for language that addresses the recent Microsoft-Novell patent deal.
Members of the Free Software Foundation, which oversees the draft change process for the GPL, said a new patent clause is being inserted in the draft that could effectively thwart future patent pacts similar to Microsoft’s deal with Novell.
February 9, 2007
Reaction to the Free Software Foundation’s upcoming revision of the GNU Public License (GPLv3) has been mixed so far, with many participants taking a wait-and-see attitude while others (such as Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds) actively opposing certain provisions. Now Sun has apparently decided to put its weight squarely behind the FSF and GPLv3. The reasons may not be as pure as you think.
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