Uncle Richard wants you to comment on the GPL 3.0 draft

This is not the final word. This is the first word. The drafting of the license is designed to be a process, and the Free Software Foundation wants you to help.

Richard Stallman
The first draft of the new GPL license is out.

The early reviews are good. The new license comes with a preamble that rationalizes what follows. It stands against DRMs, against software patents, and against corporate attempts to hijack GPL code for commercial projects.

But it could have been worse. It doesn't demand the distribution of binary source code. It doesn't undermine the rights of open source backers, like IBM, that have big patent portfolios.

However, this is not the final word. This is the first word. The drafting of the license is designed to be a process, and the Free Software Foundation wants you to help.

The FSF has formed Discussion Committees to organize extensive comments, and while registration is required to comment, the process is not onorous. You don't have to be a lawyer, or even a programmer, to get involved.

So don't just sit here complaining (although you're welcome to). Get involved. One piece of advice, though. Don't start with "what's with your hair, man?"

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