GPLv3

Wow. Since June 1991, we’ve seen this in copyright notices in plenty of free software projects:

GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE

Version 2, June 1991

And today, that changed to:

GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE

Version 3, 29 June 2007

I am somehow doubtful that version 3 will also last 16 years. The GPL has been adapted to suite current problems which will (hopefully) not be an issue anymore 10 years from now. I also predict that we’ll have much more diverse software by then, and also better standards, and new problems that will have to be addressed.

Read the full license here, today. So that you can tell your grandchildren one day that you read it on that license date ;)

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  1. 30 June 2007

    […] highvoltage has already blogged about it, but I just wanted to remark upon the launch of the GNU GPL version 3.0. Reading those words This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. […]

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