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Growing Opposition to GPL v3

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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) released the second draft of GNU General Public License v3 for public comment late last month, and some of the biggest players in open source have big problems with it.

 

Linux creator Linus Torvalds didn't like the first draft's stance on digital rights management, and attempts to loosen the language of the provision in this latest draft weren't enough to assuage his concerns.

 

For HP, the problem is the patent provision, which ostensibly requires those who distribute GPL'd code to give up patent rights they might have in that code. The language is too restrictive, HP says, and unless it changes in the final draft, the company will most likely stick with GPL v2 right along with Torvalds and the Linux kernel.

 

As a ZDNet UK story points out, if the trend continues, the FSF runs the risk of having two competing versions of its license in use at the same time, which will only complicate "programming and legal issues" for everyone involved.

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