When the new version of the GNU General Public License is released, Sun Microsystems will probably move Solaris and Java to GPL v3 from the CDDL and GPL v2, respectively. According to the INQUIRER, CEO Jonathan Schwartz says the company "wants to appeal to developers" who like the forthcoming open source license. And the patent protection expected to be included in the new license doesn't hurt Sun's feelings either.
Sun shocked the masses -- and pleasantly surprised most of the open source faithful -- when it decided to release its Java platform under GPL v2 rather than under its own Common Development and Distribution License, but Schwartz indicated even then that the company was looking to make more progress in the GPL community.
The one snag in that plan: It may be awhile before anyone sees GPL v3. The Free Software Foundation is reportedly backing away from a planned March release date, saying only that the license will be available as soon as possible after work on the "last call" draft is complete.