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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by maceto on Thu 29th Mar 2007 21:50 UTC
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Where does it leave Novell if this will be the final version, yes that part was "modded" down from the last version, nevertheless this remains: If GPL3 is agreed on, Novell have to choices: to fork or go with it, which really puts them into a situation re their agreement with MS:

Not seen the agreement, but as "loyered" up as both orgs are, there must be something in there to say Novell can not extend the terms to Linux in general when it comes to IP protection. So... They have to cut the deal, if possible.. or red numbers anyone?

I guess I leave people to work out the rest.

So it's really up to Microsoft are they serious when it comes to OSS, then they'll let Novell go...

It does make one think.

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