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451 weighs in on GPLv3Jay Lyman, February 12, 2008 @ 9:23 pm ET
We’ve just released our latest CAOS report, GPLv3-Liberation or limitation?, which covers the changes and implications of the new version of the GNU General Public License. The report covers the incentives – such as greater compatibility and collaboration potential – for some open source software developers, projects and vendors to adopt the new license. It also highlights, conversely, the reasons – DRM limitations and patent obligations, for example – OEMs and others that incorporate open source software into their products and services may want to avoid GPLv3.
An executive summary of the report is available, and the full report may be purchased here. A press release is out, and we will also be hosting a Webinar next week to discuss the report and take some questions on it (Stay tuned to CAOS for further instructions on that). Please feel free to let us know what you think of our findings or your take on the GPLv3. Is it just what free and open source software needed as the industry transforms its software development and distribution norms? Is it an overreach into political territory by the most ardent free software supporters?
The significant implications of the license and the lively discussion around it are what prompted us to take on the subject in-depth. They are also testament to the vibrancy of the free and open source software movement, as well as its continued, broad impact on the tech industry.
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