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SugarCRM adopts version 3 of GPL licence

By   |  July 26, 2007

SugarCRM yesterday announced that it would license future editions of the popular open source customer relationship management software under version 3 of the GNU General Public Licence (GPLv3).

In a statement yesterday the project team said the first release to be made under the new GPLv3 licence would be the upcoming Sugar Community Edition 5.0.

The SugarCRM team says on its website that it "believes the GPLv3 will become the standard for all open source licences, and wanted to get a head start on adopting that standard".

It continues to say that "since GPLv3 is based on the most popular licence in the open source universe, the community is able to adopt and develop on what is sure to be the de facto standard licence. This will insure greater interoperability and enhanced community collaboration as GPLv3 becomes widely adopted in the same manner as earlier versions of the GPL."

"We are proud to adopt the GPLv3 with our next major Sugar Community Edition release," said John Roberts, CEO and co-founder of SugarCRM.

"We would like to thank the Free Software Foundation (FSF) for leading such an important effort to deliver the most modern FOSS licence. The FSF undertook a very difficult process and incorporated many diverse developer and user needs and combined them into a fair and just representation of what FOSS means to our communities."

Sugar Community Edition 5.0 is expected to be released around September.

"I’m pleased to see the SugarCRM open source project adopt the GPLv3," said Eben Moglen, executive director of the Software Freedom Law Center and outside counsel to the Free Software Foundation, who played a key role in the drafting process of the new GPLv3 licence.

"We believe that sharing knowledge is good. We encourage other important free and open source software projects to take this step and join us in making better software," said Moglen.


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