June 19, 2018

​Red Hat Changes Its Open-Source Licensing Rules

Red Hat-initiated open-source projects, which use GPLv2 or LGPLv2.1, will be expected to add GPLv3's cure commitment language to their licenses.

From outside programming circles, software licensing may not seem important. In open-source, though, licensing is all important.

So, when leading Linux company Red Hat announces that -- from here on out -- all new Red Hat-initiated open-source projects that use the GNU General Public License(GPLv2) or GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)v2.1 licenses will be expected to supplement the license with GPL version 3 (GPLv3)'s cure commitment language, it's a big deal.

Both older open-source licenses are widely used. When the GPLv3 was released, it came with an express termination approach that offered developers the chance to cure license compliance errors. 

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