Busy busy busybox
Posted Oct 2, 2006 10:01 UTC (Mon) by drag
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As for the trustfullness of FSF and such..
Simon Phipps (Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems of CDDL fame) has http://blogs.sun.com/webmink/date/20060924 on the GPLv3 licensing review process.
Apparently his viewpoint contradicts the viewpoints of some certain internet celebraties' comments on the GPLv3 and FSF we've been hearing about lately.
I've been following the GPL v3 process since it started, and despite a certain amount of initial scepticism I'm pretty impressed. Eben Moglen in particular has shown himself to be a statesman and a scholar and the GPL v3 review process is no hollow plebiscite. The FSF team has engaged, listened and responded to all the comments they have received, and the draft 2 text shows great improvement over the draft 1 text, especially concerning the stance on DRM.
I have a growing confidence that what will appear from the process after another 3 drafts could well form the basis of a unification of the Free and Open Source software communities. The compatibility mechanism created by section 7 is brilliant, and what was initially cold-war-era posturing on patents and DRM is evolving well into balanced approaches to handling both issues. There's certainly more progress needed - the patent language is still too imbalanced against large portfolio holders, for example. But the track record to date shows that the goal is reachable if everyone engages positively.
Which of course raises the question: if I can see that, if others like Luis, Dalibor and Mark can see it, why can't the kernel developers see it?
Thought it was interesting. Food for thought.
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