10.27.07

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The GPLv3 Adoption Rate Keeps Increasing

Posted in GPL, Law, Novell, Videos at 8:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The good folks at Palamida are pleased to reveal October’s GPLv3 figures and announce that adoption growth keeps accelerating.

Even though the holiday for this month is Halloween, it feels like Christmas, at least for the GPL v3.

Baseball analogy here.

The hype, no thanks to FOX and those Dane Cook promos, has reached a fever pitch (pun intended). The GPL, on the other hand, saw above average adoption rates among open source developers and their projects.

At this rate, GPLv3 will become a reality to accept and for businesses to prepare for. The high transition pace has been maintained, just as hoped and expected by those who were not drinking the Kool-Aid (disinformation [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]).

Bob Young talks about the GPLv3 in the following new video.

The GPLv3 is not only important because of Novell, but also because of the increasingly-relevant patent battle. The new licence addresses a number of new important issuesl, but like all changes, it is received with hesitance and endless FUD from those whom it hurts the most, notably proprietary software vendors and predatory/anti-consumer monopolies.

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4 Comments

  1. Sam Hiser said,

    October 27, 2007 at 10:51 am

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    But what if the rate of increase of the rate of increase should fall by 4 percent?

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    October 27, 2007 at 5:48 pm

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    Then Al Gillen from IDC would argue that GNU/Linux (as measured by new hardware with an operating system preinstalled) is ‘dying’. And yes… Al is particularly close to a very large company.

  3. SubSonica said,

    October 28, 2007 at 9:22 am

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    Another great project that goes GPLV3:

    http://www.knowledgetree.com
    http://www.knowledgetree.com/opensource

    Web-based knowledge management system. (competing directly with, i.e. sharepoint)

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    October 28, 2007 at 9:45 am

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    SubSonica,

    I’ve watched this project for a long time (Tectonic covers it a lot) and I was under the impression that it revolves around Microsoft Office. A closer inspection later revealed that it was purely LAMP, IIRC.

    Alfresco is another one to keep an eye on when it comes to SharePoint (there’s another one which integrates with OpenOffice.org, but I can’t recall its name). It’s GPLv-licensed (transformed not so long ago), but Matt Asay hesitates on GPLv3, for now (ASP loophole being the excuse).

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