Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 17:13 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Novell and Ximian "The Free Software Foundation has published a third draft of the GPL3 license. The FSF had indicated leading up to this draft that it would be addressing some concerns it had with the Novell-Microsoft agreements in the draft. Here's Novell's position on the new draft."
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RE[2]: My thoughts.
by systyrant on Wed 4th Apr 2007 02:06 UTC in reply to "RE: My thoughts."
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I'm not opposed to GPLv3, but I'm not for it either. At this time I'm just neutral. It's wrong to think that developers adopting the new license doesn't effect the end user. The new license may, if widely adopted, may hinder further adoption of, for example, Linux or may cause wide spread forking which will only serve to divide and thin out those who are developing open source software. Then again it may have no effect or it might even help open source grow.

It will not, from my understanding, protect any open source software licensed under the GPLv3 from being sued by some company for patent infringement. It will, from the hype I've read, stop companies from making patent protection deals like the Novell/Microsoft deal. Maybe that's good and maybe that's bad. I really don't know.

I'm gonna close this up by saying that I think Microsoft will start suing Linux and other open source companies for patent and/or IP infringement. I don't think they will win big money settlements and many will probably be shown to be invalid, but the stink it will put on open source if they win even one could be bad. If my understanding of the GPLv3 is correct and software licensed under it can't be apart of any patent protection deals then open source may stand to lose.

I am assuming a lot and I may be so far off in left field that I'm in a different realm, but it's just a though.

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