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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-01-26 Print this article Print

Simon Phipps, the open-source officer at Sun Microsystems, said he is particularly encouraged to see ideas such as the patent peace concept and the move toward compatibility with other open-source licenses. While HPs Martino would not comment specifically on the patent provisions in GPL 3.0, saying the company does not have a position on this at the moment, "This is an area we will continue to monitor and assess," she said. "We think there will be a lot of comments on the DRM and patent provisions. As we stated, HP doesnt have positions on these at this time but will be watching closely and commenting as we see fit within the FSF Discussion Group process."
With regard to concerns expressed by some in the community that the discussion process for the draft license could potentially be dominated by the large Linux vendors, Moglen said these worries are unwarranted. The other concern—that Stallman will unilaterally decide on changes to the GPL—is also unfounded. "These are really complementary concerns. My personal view on this is that the process we have been engineering is one in which all the pressures net to zero," Moglen said. Co-author Eben Moglen says the GPL rewrite should not be seen as a democracy. Click here to read more. But that depends, in large measure, on the weight of public participation and the transparency of the process. "The discussion committees on which the corporate representatives sit are only there to discuss what people say. They are not there to determine the outcome or write the license," he said. Read more here about the discussion process for GPL 3.0. "I understand the worry, which is justified in the sense that one would want a process that would resist those kinds of pressures," Moglen said. "We have shown, by showing the design of our process and sticking to it, that we mean to resist those kinds of pressures. Any fair-minded observer looking at what we have done around the openness and transparency of the process will agree that these concerns have already been addressed." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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