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[News] FSF/GNU/GPL Carry on Gaining Traction

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The GPL - Not fade away

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| These days free and open source software (FOSS) is recognised as a 
| significant model for the development and distribution of software, 
| transforming the way that software is written, perceived, packaged and sold. 
| A large part of the success of free and open source software has been due to 
| the revolution in software licensing that was led by the GNU General Public 
| License (GPL).     
| So it is surprising to see a re-emergence of the argument that "we don't need 
| the GPL anymore", (the "we" refers to "open source" developers, and more 
| specifically, to the Linux kernel developers), and that the argument is 
| underpinned by the hoary suggestion that business is "afraid" of the GPL.    



Trolltech to adopt GPL 3 for Qt

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| Trolltech CEO Haavard Nord announced today at the KDE developer conference
| that the company's cross-platform open source Qt application development
| toolkit will be released under the GPL 3. This move, which comes shortly
| after the release of KDE 4.0 (watch for our review on Sunday night), will
| allow the open source desktop environment to adopt the new version of the
| GPL.


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.


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 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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