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Sat Jun 30, 2007 4:49 am Reply and quote this post


The free software foundation (fsf) have released the final version of the GNU General Public License Version 3, yesterday at 20:12:40 (according to their website).

Wikipedia wrote:

The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL or simply GPL) is a widely used free software license, originally written by Richard Stallman for the GNU project. It is the license used by the GNU/Linux operating system. The GPL is the most popular and well known example of the type of strong copyleft license that requires derived works to be available under the same copyleft. Under this philosophy, the GPL is said to grant the recipients of a computer program the rights of the free software definition and uses copyleft to ensure the freedoms are preserved, even when the work is changed or added to. This is in contradistinction to permissive free software licences, of which the BSD licenses are the standard examples.


The GPL basically states that any user (person) may use, modify and/or redistribute any software or source code,(which was released under the GPL license, so long as (if the user releases their source code) the user distributes the source code under the GPL license, which is why teh GPL is a popular license for many open-source developers and projects. (For more information see the GPL FAQ page)

FSF are encouraging most developers to upgrade from the GPL v2 to GPL v3 in order to compensate for the changes in the license.

For more information on changes see the FSF announcement
or The FSF's press release
and to read the license in full at the gnu website.

this revision in the license should ensure that users can modify the free software on their personal and household devices, and granting patent licenses to every user. It also extends compatibility with other free software licenses.

looks like a good revision and update and i'll be reading through it fully a bit later. your opinoins?

Contributed by Noobarmy, Editorial, Marketing & Services Team
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