FSF releases the GNU General Public License, version 3
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USAFriday, June 29, 2007The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today released version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), the world’s most popular free software license.
Since we founded the free software movement, over 23 years ago, the free software community has developed thousands of useful programs that respect the user’s freedom. The programs are in the GNU/Linux operating system, as well as personal computers, telephones, Internet servers, and more. Most of these programs use the GNU GPL to guarantee every user the freedom to run, study, adapt, improve, and redistribute the program, said Richard Stallman, founder and president of the FSF.
Version 3 of the GNU GPL strengthens this guarantee, by ensuring that users can modify the free software on their personal and household devices, and granting patent licenses to every user. It also extends compatibility with other free software licenses and increases international uniformity.
Jeremy Allison, speaking on behalf of the Samba team, states that they see the new license as a great improvement on the older GPL, and that it is a necessary update to deal with the new threats to free software that have emerged since version 2 of the GPL.
I am currently looking at the GPL version 3 and all my #Joomla components will be available under that licence soon.