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Upside: Open source licensing battle comes to an end

Sep 07, 2000, 13:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Chalk one up for the Gnu General Public License."

"In a year that has seen the free software community go from Great White Hope to Wall Street punching bag, two things have kept the Linux -- make that the Gnu/Linux -- community from toppling to the canvas: fresh legs and a strong jaw."

"The fresh legs have come in the form of triple-digit growth in the Linux server market, which ballooned 166 percent between the fourth quarter of 1998 and the fourth quarter of 1999, according to International Data Corp."

"The strong jaw, on the other hand, has come in the form of the Gnu General Public License, or GPL, a stubborn license built by stubborn people in the days when supporting the free software ethos was about as sensible as walking into a Oakland Raiders football game wearing a Denver Broncos jersey. While some claim the GPL has yet to be hardened by a true legal fracas, recent events have hinted to the contrary."

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