Interoperability and Competition
The two biggest games in global IT at the moment are securing interoperability and securing a competitive market for services so that these come from different places and can be made to compete on price. "And both interoperability and an open market in services require free software in our sense. Otherwise lock-in will come, standards will become encrusted with proprietary extensions, and applications built on these will become proprietary and you will no longer be able to get the best service at the most aggressive price," he said."In addition, I will speak to the risks associated with not supporting the process, and the remarkable opportunity it will provide for those who participate and dedicate themselves to its success," she said. Asked what she expected and wanted to see in GPL version 3, Peters said that from OSDLs perspective, there are two different aspects to the revisions. The first relates to substantive changes in the rights and obligations that will be modified. "As we all know, the growth and success of open source from a technological and business-model perspective has grown at a race and pace that could not have been anticipated when GPL 2.0 was first adopted," she said. "I anticipate those areas as being the ones in which many of the changes will be focused, and debate will ensure around issues such as Web services, trusted computing, source code distribution requirements, and patent termination provisions," Peters said. The other aspect that is equally important is clarifying language defining the rights and obligations that are not changing substantively, so as to eliminate ambiguities that result in uncertainty for businesses and developers. "The challenge will be balancing the need for clarification with the FSFs stated objective of preserving the license as the literary work of [GPL creator] Richard Stallman," she said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Diane Peters, the general counsel for the Open Source Development Labs, said that while she expected Moglen to provide the details around the revision of the GPL, the mechanics and time frame for this, her comments would focus on why it is critically important for those who care about the success of free and open-source software to constructively participate in the process and be committed to making it successful.