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LinuxPlanet: GPL 3: Will Somebody Get Short-Changed, No Matter What?

Apr 09, 2007, 19:30 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Whether or not the GPL 3's controversial 'grandfather' clause ever sees the light of day, it's sure to carry impacts of one sort or another, not just on Novell and Microsoft, but also on competitors, business customers, and smaller Linux toolmakers. Just about any way you flip the coin, somebody's bound to get short-changed (or to feel that way, anyhow).

"If Novell does not get grandfathered into GPL 3 compliance, Novell's SUSE Linux will turn into a 'fork' of Linux, said Bruce Perens, primary author of the original GPL GNU software contract.

"And not too surprisingly, many in the industry concur that the forking of SUSE could bode badly for customers, smaller developers, and Linux as a whole..."

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