Wednesday Nov 28, 2007

Sun goes GPLv3 - Talking to Legal Dude about getting there

In case you missed it, two weeks ago Sun sallied forth into the brave new world of GPLv3 by announcing it as the license of choice for our xVM Ops Center.  In his blog, Marc Hamilton, VP of Solaris marketing explained,

We feel the use of GPLv3 for OpenxVM.org will encourage the next generation of open source developers, wanting to adopt the latest licensing models, to join our new community for building next-generation data center virtualization and management technologies.

Legal Dude (1-800- LAWYER)

Since he has been involved with v3 since its public inception, I thought it was appropriate that I combine this news with my final interview from last month's internal FOSS summit -- My conversation with David Marr a.k.a. "Legal Dude."

My interview with Dave (10:39)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)


Dave Marr -- The frustrated playwright.

Who's Dave?

Like most people these days, Dave wears a bunch of hats including:

  • Chief Counsel for Simon Phipps, Sun's Chief Open Source officer
  • Head Lawyer-dude for Sun's Microelectronics business
  • Support for Sun's global sites in Beijing, Bangalore, St. Petersburg and Prague.

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • Being asked to do an "active reading" reading of GPLv3 by Sun's CTO
  • Since he didn't know what "active reading" meant, he instead wrote an explanatory play imaginatively entitled:  "GPLv3: a play in three acts", starring some of Sun's top FOSS and legal brass.
  • The beginnings of the GPLv3 process nearly two years ago on a wintery January day in Boston.
  • Serving on committee B for the GPL
  • When/where will Sun first use GPLv3 (remember this interview was done a few weeks the announcement -- Guess we got our "business processes" down ;)

Reference:

Pau for now....

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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