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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
don't pretend to be a lawyer, but I do know a bit about open-source licensing and I, for one, am greeting the arrival of the first public draft of the GPL Version 3 with a great sigh of relief.
In the years since the last GPL (General Public License) revision, intellectual property has gone from being, at most, an afterthought to most programmers, to being an issue of major concern. Mind you, the vast majority of developers never wanted to give a hoot about patents and copyrights, but today's legal and business world has rendered that impossible.
Fortunately, Richard M. Stallman and the FSF (Free Software Foundation) have made it as easy as possible for developers to wrap their minds around the GPL open-source license, and they've continued to do so with this major new release.
Better still, if you still have trouble working out what's what in this new draft, the FSF is offering a rationale, which doubles as a FAQ for the new license.
In related news:
Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, proposed changes to General Public Licence at a public forum on Tuesday but made clear that provisions to protect users from patent litigations will remain intact.