Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Mar 2007 21:02 UTC, submitted by Ali Davoodifar
GNU, GPL, Open Source The FSF has released the third draft of the revised third version of the GNU General Public License. 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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GPL3 focuses on user freedom
by npang on Wed 28th Mar 2007 22:55 UTC
npang
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2006-11-26

> "More than any other part of the GPLv3 discussion, this point highlighted the differences between the open source community, with its focus on code freedom and the free software community, with its emphasis on freedom for users."

Right on. Time and time again, we've been stating that free software is about the user's freedom; the user's right to maintain complete control of our own systems and the right to share software with anybody. This is the goal of RMS's actions. He advocates for the user's rights.

GPLv3 was designed to have the same spirit (which is to ensure the user's freedom) as what GPLv2 intended. IMHO, the current GPLv3 draft does a fine job at maintaining this spirit and does what it can to counter threats that would otherwise deprive users of their rights with GPLv2 licensed software.

here is the link to the third discussion draft of the GNU General Public Licence version 3.
http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2007-03-28.html

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wombat_prime Member since:
2007-03-29

I completely agree. This latest draft version has done a great job incorporating changes from the community while providing the protections needed in response to new technologies and business models.

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