Overhaul of the General Public License
November 29th, 2005

This article in the IHT says “the rules governing the use of most free software programs will be revised for the first time in 15 years,in an open process that begins on Wednesday.Free software,once regarded as a tiny counterculture in computing,has become a mainstream technology in recent years,led by the rising popularity of programs like the Linux operating system.Industry analysts estimate that the value of hardware and software that uses the Linux operating system is $40 billion.And Linux has become a competitive alternative to Microsoft’s Windows, especially in corporate data centers.So the overhaul of the General Public License,which covers Linux and many other free software programs,is an issue of greater interest today than before”.Further,”a document that describes the principles and timeline for updating the GPL,as well as the process for public comment and resolving issues,will be posted Wednesday on the Web, www.gplv3.fsf.org.A first draft will be presented at a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on Jan. 16 and 17.A second draft is expected by summer. If a third draft is required, it should be completed by the fall of 2006″.

Looking to the future: Rules governing free software face overhaul


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