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[News] GPLv3 Adoption Coming Along Extremely Well

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| The year has gone by quite quickly since the GPL v3 was first released. We 
| have just entered into the month of the release, and it is only 23 days until 
| a complete year has passed. It doesn't seem like we have been tracking the 
| GPL v3 and its derivatives for a year, but it is more believable when you 
| look at the count. Cumulatively, the GPL v3 and its derivatives have gained 
| over 2800 adopters, which is an impressive number. Thousands of projects 
| have, and now we can more confidently say thousands more will adopt the GPL 
| v3, proving its significance in the open source community.         


Microsoft's lobbying arms have been trying (still do) to spread smears about
GPL(v3). Just like some kind of mafia...


Clearing up anti-GPL3 FUD

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| Some of the bad publicity about GPL3 is deliberate. A particularly
| bad article by Dan Lyons of Forbes magazine painted an offensive
| picture of GPL3 and Richard Stallman, even accusing Stallman of
| having sex with flowers (!!!) after Lyons failed to comprehend
| a scientific joke.


Perens Lashes Out at Claims GPL 3 Brings Legal Risks

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| "Let's make it clear that [ACT] is Microsoft's lobbying front and
| that they are going to paint as negative a picture as they can,"
| Perens told eWEEK in an interview.
| "Obviously, GPL software is displacing Microsoft enough to have
| them concerned, and it's doing it at customers who are important
| to them. A lawyer's job is to scare the other side if they can--because
| they know it's cheaper than winning a case in court," he said. 


ACT [Microsoft pressure group] Warns of Legal Risk with Latest GPL Draft

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| But ACT, a Washington-based technology lobby group whose membership
| includes large companies like eBay, Oracle, Orbitz and VeriSign, and
| which was founded in 1998 in response to the Microsoft antitrust case,
| is largely dismissed by those in the open-source community as nothing
| more than a lobby group for the interests of Microsoft and those
| other large corporations.


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| ACT has been accused of being an industry front for Microsoft,
| promoting a Microsoft-friendly agenda in relation to property rights
| and anti-trust legislation.


Open sourcerers do battle for GPLv3

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| Mark Taylor, a former head of the Open Source Consortium in the UK,
| thinks the whole thing is being blown out of all proportion.
| He told us: "The only people worrying about the GPL draft are people
| like ACT. Everyone else is really pleased with the draft. The original
| GPL aimed to prevent deals like the one between Novell and Microsoft.
| They just found a loophole. This draft closes it."


Microsoft: shades of Saddam Hussein

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| When they write the history of the computer history 10 years from now, the 
| date May 14, 2007 will be marked in red: it's the day when everyone knew 
| that Microsoft was starting to go down the tube.


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

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| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free 
| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
| beginning to show.


Microsoft patent claims complicated by GPLv3

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| The current version of the GPL, the open-source license for Linux,
| does not have specific protection against patent litigation for
| companies distributing Linux. However, GPLv3, which is expected
| to be in final release in the next couple of months, has a
| provision promising patent safety to those who receive software,
| such as Linux, distributed under the license.

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