January 16, 2006

Draft of GPL Version 3 now available for comment

The Free Software Foundation has published the first draft of the much-anticipated version 3 of the GNU General Public License. The draft of the new version is almost twice as long as version 2: It weighs in at more than 4,500 words, versus 2,900 for the earlier version.A document explaining the rationale for the new version is also available on the FSF Web site. The FSF is soliciting comments on the draft.

The debate over the new version is expected to be a contentious one, as free software proponents clash with those whose interests dictate that the GPL should be less free and more "business friendly."


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