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GPL: Act 3, Scene 3Raven Zachary, March 28, 2007 @ 11:20 pm ET
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) released the third draft of the GPLv3 for public review and discussion today (press release). The “last-call” version expected in June before finalizing and publishing the GPLv3. If you have the time and interest to plow through licensing text, feel free to read the new draft yourself. The FSF has posted an online guide, which includes a ‘what’s changed?’ summary document for those already familiar with prior drafts. Although, I’m guessing that what you really want to know is what Linus Torvalds and Novell have to say about this draft.
I am currently at the IBM Open Source Analyst Briefing in Armonk, New York, with about 50 other industry analysts. The GPLv3 has been a recurring theme at the event, and I suspect that the presentations and our conversations on day two (Thursday) will touch upon this topic even more.
UPDATE 03/30/07: Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik has made public comments concerning the new GPLv3 draft at the News.com Open Source and Standards Blog.
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