GPL licences will co-exist, says author

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The co-author of the General Public Licence has conceded that, although the majority of the software governed by the Licence will move over to version 3.0, the second and third versions will have to co-exist.

"It is likely that the movement to GPL 3 will be swift and simple, but some projects will be GPL 2 only," Eben Moglen told vnunet.com at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco. "There will be arrangements for the two licences to co-exist."

The Free Software Foundation published a second draft of the GPL 3 in July.

The Linux operating system will not switch to the new version when it comes out.

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