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"As we are seeing, some projects have already moved to version 3, while others are holding back. Nonetheless, version 3 is the latest version, and as such in some sense the “official” GPL. So when users are confronted with software that uses earlier versions, they may well wonder why that is – unaware of, and probably indifferent to, the detailed legal arguments. Instead, many will see it in black and white terms: that version 3 is an update to version 2, and therefore the new standard." -- Read more

This is interesting as it may provide some fuel to those who argue against FSF's licensing strategy. If people don't read the license and rather just accept it for granted as the new standard this gives FSF quite a bit of leverage as the dominant license provider to dictate the conditions under which the majority of Free Software will be used and distributed.


"This guest whitepaper explains how a hypervisor can be used to leverage GPL software while isolating it from proprietary code, in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the GPL. It was written by a TRANGO Virtual Processors product manager, and uses that company's hypervisor as an example." -- Read more

Looks like a new method of circumventing the intent behind GPLv3.


"Microsoft on Thursday took steps to avoid entanglement with a new version of the General Public License, the most widely used license in the free and open-source software domain."

""Microsoft is not a party to the GPLv3 license and none of its actions are to be misinterpreted as accepting status as a contracting party of GPLv3 or assuming any legal obligations under such license," the company said in a statement. "To avoid any doubt or legal debate on this issue, Microsoft has decided that the Novell support certificates that we distribute to customers will not entitle the recipient to receive from Novell, or any other party, any subscription for support and updates relating to any code licensed under GPLv3.""


FSF has just released an article which points to the two significant launches that are happening today, June 29, the launch of Apple's iPhone and FSF's GPLv3 (which will happen, along with a live stream of Richard Stallman's announcement at noon EDT, 4 PM UTC or 6 PM CEST) asserting that Mac OS X running within iPhone might contain GPLed code. If iPhone contains DRM which disallows modifications of software that is running on it and yet contains code which may be under the GPLv3, Apple may be in violation.


Soon after the release of the third draft of GNU GPLv3 it has generated some comments and discussion. Even Linus Torvalds seems "pretty pleased" by the new license draft because "much of it reads better, and some of the worst horrors have been removed entirely". Bruce Byfield has written the first look at the new draft from which it seems apparent that there is now much more consensus and that the license is much clearer in what it aims to accomplish.