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The Adoption Rate of the GNU GPLv3 Leaps by a Third

Novell may not like this, but the GPL version 3 is on a roll. Here is the very latest report from Palamida.

As of February 15th, our GPL v3 database contains 1740 GPL v3 projects, which is an increase of 66 GPL v3 projects, above our expected 50 new projects a week.


Palamida continues to show that GPLv3 is widely accepted, but let us pause and also consider Palamida's motives. Earlier this week we criticised the company for liaising with a GPL critic and possibly a GPL violator too. Palamida sometimes uses a tinge of scare tactics in order to attract business, which is fair enough only as long as this is done responsibly. Apparently it is. The company's leader has just published an article that shows the company's goals. Here is one of the better parts:

The widespread acceptance of open source continues to grow as an important alternative to commercial software. It is safe to say that open source is everywhere and is being used within your organisation whether or not you are aware of it. In fact, it makes up at least 30 per cent of the total lines of code in all software applications - both internally developed, and commercial software applications installed on your network.


Overall, Palamida's demonstration of GPLv3's acceptance is commendable. It does not deserve too much flak for wanting something in return, as long as it does not cross that blurry line.

The GNU GPLv3 gains acceptance

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