IT Business Edge podcast: the impact of GPLv3

Summary of a podcast that IT Business Edge hosted and in which I participated, which centered around GPLv3. A feisty debate at times, but mostly civil, leaving me to wonder, "What benefit does GPLv3 offer that GPLv2 didn't already offer?"

I spent an engaging hour yesterday with IT Business Edge, talking about the likely industry impact of GPLv3. Other participants on the call included:

  • Rob Enderle, an analyst and principal of the Enderle Group, and also a blogger with us at IT Business Edge;
  • Bernard Golden, founder and CEO of open source consulting firm Navica and a blogger for
  • Chris Maresca, founder and senior partner of the Olliance Group, a leading open source business consultancy.
Rob can be a firebrand, but I found him to be a perfect gentleman and his positions well-reasoned. He did help to make it a real discussion, rather than a "rah rah for open source!" love-fest.

Net net from the call: GPLv3 will not be as groundbreaking as it could have been and, in my opinion, should have been. It brings clarity for attorneys, but it doesn't fundamentally upstage the benefits of GPLv2. That's a pity, in my view.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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