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Linux.com: FSF Should Separate GPLv3 Changes

Oct 17, 2006, 15:30 (4 Talkback[s])
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"The process of producing the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3) may not be doomed, but, as Linus Torvalds and other kernel developers heat up the rhetoric, it does seem stalled. If the process continues in the way that it has been going, a large number of current users of the GPL may not switch to the new license. Unless the free and open source software (FOSS) communities are willing to risk the possible consequences of that result, it's time for a change of tactics.

"The trouble with GPLv3 is that it contains the accumulation of 15 years' worth of changes. Some of these changes, such as improvements in the clarity of the language or attempts to make the license more acceptable in a variety of international jurisdictions or to cover BitTorrent downloads, might be accepted with hardly a dissenting comment, if they could be agreed upon separately..."

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