"Open source has brought a new set of rules to the table of
which every IT shop needs to be aware. First and foremost are the
licenses under which open source software is distributed--and this
is a topic you'll hear a lot about in 2006 as the most common open
source license--the General Public License (GPL)--releases a draft
of its third version.
"Why are open source licenses such a big deal? They enforce all
the benefits of open source: freedom to use the software as you see
fit, ability to modify the product via the included source code,
and right to redistribute the modified code..."