Version 3 of the Gnu GPL (General Public Licence) is nearing completion. The third draft — expected to be the last before the licence is finalised — was released on March 28, fully eight months after the first draft was made available for public comment. Yet despite the long and painstaking public ratification process, the new GPL remains embroiled in controversy.
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Let the spin control begin. In an open letter issued recently, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian attempted to distance his company from Microsoft’s claims that open source software, including the Linux kernel, infringes on Microsoft intellectual property.