Is GPL 3 Dead on Arrival?
Opinion: If someone creates a new GPL but Linux doesn't use it, does it matter? At all?Weve been talking, meeting and arguing over GPL 3 for nearly two years. Recently, the second draft of the long-awaited rewrite of the popular free-software license arrived. The debate has begun all over again. If were lucky, well see a finished GPL 3 sometime in early 2007. It will have address DRM (digital rights management) and patent concerns, clarify the existing language, and, who knows, bring forth a new generation of software freedom never seen before. Or, it could sit there like a rock and not matter a whit. Guess which one Im betting on?
Its not that I think theyre doing a bad job. Some of the best and brightest people I know, like Columbia University law professor and general counsel for the FSF (Free Software Foundation) Eben Moglen, have been working hard, very hard, on the GPL.