OpenSolaris Wins with GPL 3 MoveBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | Posted 2007-01-16 Email Print
Opinion: Both OpenSolaris and GPLv3 will benefit greatly from Sun's decision to dual-license its operating system under the new GPL.Sun is going to add the upcoming GNU General Public License Version 3 to OpenSolaris in addition to its current Common Development and Distribution License. This may give OpenSolaris a much needed kick in the pants.
I have never liked the CDDL. Like many other open-source licenses, which are based on the MPL (Mozilla Public License), the CDDL artificially restricts the intellectual freedom that makes open source such an incredible powerhouse of software development.
As Larry Rosen, a partner in the technology law firm Rosenlaw & Einschlag and author of "Open-Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law," told me awhile back, "My biggest concern about the proliferation of reciprocal license such as the CDDL is that we end up not with one commons of free software but multiple islands of it that can't be interchanged for creating derivative works. We get some of the benefits of the open-source paradigm butas the Apache foundation is so fond of reminding usreciprocal licenses prevent free software from being available to absolutely everyone for modification and reuse."
Read the full story on Linux-Watch.com: Sun to Release OpenSolaris Under GPL 3