GPLv3 Arrives; Nobody Seems to Care

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-06-29 Print this article Print

Opinion: It's new and it's improved, but is anyone really going to use the revised GPL?

Ive been following the evolution of this latest version of the seminal open-source license since it was a twinkle in Richard M. Stallmans eye. I have no doubt that a lot of hard work by some incredibly bright people has gone into making this the best possible software license.
Now that the GPLv3 (GNU General Public License Version 3) has finally been released, however, theres one wee problem.
Tell me, is anyone of significance—besides the Samba Group for its CIFS (Common Internet File System) Windows-compatible file and print server program, and the licenses creators, the Free Software Foundation—going to adopt the GPLv3? Is it just me, or have things gotten really quiet? Click here to read about the last-minute hitch that held up licensing for the GPLv3. Oh, certainly Sun keeps teasing us with the possibility of placing OpenSolaris under the GPLv3. Sometimes Sun says yes and sometimes it says no. I dont think Sun has really decided at all. Seriously now, other than Samba and the FSFs gcc development tool family, youll be hard-pressed to find any other first-rung programs making the switch to the GPLv3. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: GPLv3 Arrives but Nobody Seems to Care Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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