internetnews.com: Q&A: Matthew Szulik, Red Hat CEO
Apr 05, 2004, 19:30 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Q: Are you happy with current open source licenses, in
particular the GPL [General Public License]? Does it work?
"You ask an interesting question because there are a lot of
discussions going on right [now] about the GPL version 3. From our
standpoint, we look at it from our customers' viewpoint, I think
that there are modifications that we try to deal with on a
one-on-one basis. As a blanket agreement there is certainly room
for improvement, specifically around the issue of patents and
intellectual property. There are some smart people looking at this,
the OSS license for example is getting good scrutiny.
"Mark Webbink, our General Counsel, has worked with Larry Rosen,
Eben Moglin and others. The great news is, like many advances in
technology, it will give way to a better idea, a more customer
friendly idea, I just don't know the time frame..."