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Interview: Open-Source Advocate Eben Moglen

May 13, 2007, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Donoghue)

"Eben Moglen admits he is a 'talker' and his performance during our brief 30-minute chat does nothing to persuade otherwise. The former general counsel to the Free Software Foundation was at the Red Hat Summit in San Diego on Thursday to put his considerable oratorical skills to use, updating attendees around the soon-to-be-launched third installment of the GNU General Public License--a set of rules and restrictions that underpins the use of a lot of open-source software.

"However, following reports that he has effectively stepped down from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), it seemed strange that Moglen was at the summit speaking about the GNU General Public License (GPL). But Moglen claims that reports that he is stepping away from the FSF have been exaggerated. He is merely putting a little distance between himself and the organisation...."

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