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Technocrat: Clearing Up Anti-GPL3 FUD

Mar 23, 2007, 16:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)

"There's been a lot of talk about GPL version 3: whether it goes too far to be acceptable to business, whether the Linux kernel developers will ever switch to it, whether our community will fork or undergo unrest over it. Much of that talk is based on a poor understanding of the GPL3 terms, and with release of the new license imminent, it's time to clear that up.

"Some of the bad publicity about GPL3 is deliberate. A particularly bad article by Dan Lyons of Forbes magazine painted an offensive picture of GPL3 and Richard Stallman, even accusing Stallman of having sex with flowers (!!!) after Lyons failed to comprehend a scientific joke. The article was 'pitched' to Lyons and Forbes by then OSDL director Stuart Cohen. ODSL was abruptly shut down by its own members, eliminating Cohen's job, after Lyons' article and another odious incident. To save face, it was announced that OSDL would be 'merged' with Free Standards Group..."

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