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..."