Busy busy busybox
Posted Oct 2, 2006 21:31 UTC (Mon) by drag
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You are assuming that the GPLv3 is more 'business unfriendly' then GPLv2.
I don't think that it is.
For instance the GPLv3:
* Patent liability protection. As a business you know you can use GPLv3 code and not risk being sued by people that contributed to that code. With the GPLv2 a corporation such as (evil, boo!) SCO could of snuck patent encrusted code into a GPL'd project. IBM won't hate it because it will help reasure their customers and it won't affect their ability to go after propriatory software vendors for patent infringment. Oracle and Microsoft will still have to be scared from IBM's patents.
* Increased compatability with licenses. You will have more opportunity to benifit from the diversity offered by the world of 'open source' by having a wider selection of software code to choose from then what is possible with the GPLv2.
As for the DRM provisions that is largly irrelevent to the vast majority of software and hardware vendors that support Linux systems. It is only going to affect people that want to use Linux systems and DRM encrusted hardware to make 'user proof' devices. And this is not going to realy affect them much anyways as the Linux kernel will almost never likely be ever to be GPLv3. For userland stuff it will still be legal to link DRM encrusted propriatory software with LGPL'd libs. And the Linux kernel be used to ensure that their 'protections' on these propriatory programs remain in place.
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