GPLv3 – Final Countdown

// June 28th, 2007 // Free Software

More or less 24 hours from now, we’ll have a brand new GNU General Public License. No matter how you look at it, it’s an important milestone for the free software community. It may affect which kernel(s) (and other software) we use in the future, it may have effects on business models for companies who use free software, and it may even have an effect on current patent and copyright laws world wide.

From the FSF announcement:

On Friday, June 29, at 12 noon (EDT), the Free Software Foundation will officially release the GNU GPL version 3. Please join us in celebration as we bring to a close eighteen months of public outreach and comment, in revision of the world's most popular free software license.

Beyond the creation of an improved license, the process of drafting version 3 has helped highlight vital issues for the community of free software users. This is a moment to thank the thousands who participated by commenting on the license, and those that represented stakeholders through the GPLv3 committee process.

Now with the release of GPLv3, we will see new defenses extended to free software. These defenses will continue the long history of fighting all efforts to make free software proprietary.

Please join us as we stream live footage of Richard Stallman announcing GPLv3 from Noon (EDT) at

Also, a big congratulations to Benjamin “mako” Hill for his appointment on the FSF board of directors! I think the young blood will only do them good.

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