"The Free Software Foundation urgently needs to explain how
software governed by the current General Public License will
interact with that governed by a successor now under development,
the leader of the Open Source Development Labs said Wednesday.
"The General Public License (GPL) governs innumerable projects
in the open-source and free-software realms. The most notable
example is the Linux kernel, but it also covers major projects such
as the GCC compiler, the Samba file server software and the MySQL
database. GPL version 2 was published in 1991, and the foundation
is drafting a successor to tackle new issues such as software
patents and digital rights management..."