"For 15 years, the current version of the GNU General Public
License (GPL) has remained untouched. One of the oldest, most
widely used open-source licenses, the GPL is a foundational text
and an ideological marker. When Sun Microsystems wanted to park
Java in the open-source mainstream, it opted for GPL licensing,
earning the company instant street credibility
"Yet this spring, the GPL's author will release a controversial
new version of the license, a move that's already sending tremors
along the software industry's fault lines..."
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