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GPLv3: The Debates Begin

Jan 20, 2006, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])

internetnews.com: GPL 3: Analysis and Review Begins

"Robert Sutor, IBM vice president for standards and open source, told internetnews.com that it was too early for IBM to comment.

"'We need to review it more thoroughly,' Sutor said. 'We're participating in one of the GPL v3 review committees, so we'll know more over the next few weeks.'

"A Microsoft spokesperson told internetnews.com that Microsoft had 'no comment' on the new GPL draft. Microsoft itself has recently updated its own Shared Source licenses to three core licenses.

"HP took a positive outlook on its initial feedback regarding the GPL 3 draft..."

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eWeek: Lawyers Express GPL 3 Concerns

"'Many members of the free software movement have taken strong public positions against software patents. Mr. Stallman [founder of the Free Software Foundation Richard Stallman] has long been clear about his views on this issue,' said [Heather J.] Meeker.

"However Meeker contends that, 'the question of whether software patents are a serious threat to free software remains controversial. Some argue that software patents do not discourage innovation; some argue that they do...'"

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