GPL 3 draft to be released today

By   |  March 28, 2007

The third draft of the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3) is to be released by the Free Software Foundation today, following major delays. This late release has pushed the final release of GPL 3 until mid year, at the very earliest. The second draft was released in July last year.

One of the key reasons for the delay has been the inclusion of water-tight clauses that would address the Microsoft-Novell deal that was made late last year.

There has already been much contention surrounding the new licence, with many key Linux developers objecting to its introduction. Most notably, Linus Torvalds has stated that he will keep Linux on GPL version.

Links and further comment on the new draft will be put up following its release later.

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