Figments of the FSF's imagination to be ironed out of the GPL

OK, that was a little too snide (especially given the respect I have for the Free Software Foundation). But I just read Paul Krill's Infoworld piece on the FSF's attempts to iron out incompatibilities between the GPL and other open source licenses like Apache. About time. Of course, many of us don't think there are any incompatibilities beyond the political machinations of the FSF. The Apache Software Foundation

OK, that was a little too snide (especially given the respect I have for the Free Software Foundation). But I just read Paul Krill's Infoworld piece on the FSF's attempts to iron out incompatibilities between the GPL and other open source licenses like Apache.

About time.

Of course, many of us don't think there are any incompatibilities beyond the political machinations of the FSF. The Apache Software Foundation has certainly struggled to decipher the alleged incompatibility. I think the reality is that it exists - at least, mostly - in RMS' brain.

But at least we have efforts underway to rectify the problem. (Of course, noise has been made before in this direction, so we'll see what happens):

This goal is to make it easier to use code under Apache and GPL together in the same application, said Brett Smith, license compliance manager at the Free Software Foundation, on Thursday morning.

"We've been working on a new version of our license, the GNU GPL, and one of our goals for that license from the very beginning was to provide compatibility with other free software licenses," Smith said. Version 3 of the GPL is expected to be finalized in June or July, he said.

I would love to see this happen. Again, not out of necessity (I don't think incompatibility is real), but because it will take some of the guesswork out of mixing the two brands of open source software.

That's a good thing. More power to them.

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