When out with Daisy on our morning walk, there are many things I expect to see: kids on their way to school, squirrels hustling to find all of the nuts they hid away months ago, middle-aged people jogging red-faced trying in vain (literally) to get ready for swimsuit weather. What I never expect to see is a box sitting by the sidewalk containing various LEGO bricks with FREE written on the side in magic marker. Not a bad way to start off the week.
The first major overhaul of the General Public License (GPL) in almost 15 years is set to be released to the public by the Free Software Foundation at the First International Conference on GPLv3 at MIT on January 16th. Monday’s draft, which will begin the public debate about the wording of version 3, is just the first of 2-3 “discussion drafts” planned for this year leading up to the final revision. The official version is scheduled to be completed one year to the day after the release of the first draft but could actually be finalized anytime during the first quarter of 2007.