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GPL3 first public draft due early 2006 Print E-mail
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Source: CNET News - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Security The first draft of the next version of the General Public License should be released for public comments in early 2006, according to a key player in the effort to modernize the foundation of the free and open-source programming movements.

That will begin a public debate that should end with GPL version 3 in early 2007, said Eben Moglen, the Columbia law school professor who represents license overseer the Free Software Foundation. Moglen spoke in an interview at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here.

"I think GPL 3 is a process which begins with discussions of a first tentative draft in the first weeks of 2006," Moglen said. "I hope it will end with a license that maybe not everybody likes but that everybody is prepared to accept about a year later."

If the discussion proceeds as Moglen envisions, it will not just produce a new version of the GPL, it will help bring some cohesion to a group with vastly different backgrounds across the world.

"The community is going to discover just how big and varied it is," Moglen said. "When all over, we will have a better license and a stronger community."

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