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GPL 3.0 Beckons Open-Source Community

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The Free Software Foundation and the Software Freedom Law Center on Wednesday released the road map for the long-awaited revision of the GNU General Public License.

The GPL is the single most important open-source license. The FSF estimates that almost three-quarters of all open-source software is distributed under it.

The current version, Version 2, however, is over 15 years old and doesn't deal with issues such as software patents that have become increasingly more important to developers.

In addition, as research house Gartner Inc. has pointed out, since more than 75 percent of IT organizations will have formal acquisition and management strategies for open-source software by 2010, business managers will also need to work with the GPL.

So, after much discussion, the FSF will be releasing the first draft of the new license for comment at the International Public Conference for GPLv3 at MIT on Jan. 16 and 17, 2006.

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