GPL v3 draft appears compatible in spirit with CDDL

I saw this email on the OpenSolaris Discuss mailing list saying that a draft of GPL v3 was available. In short order I found SunMink's report on the plenary session of the GPL v3 conference. What I found most interesting was the comment (and text of the draft) relating to patents. The provisions that are in the draft are really, really similar to those regarding patents in the CDDL: if you want to play in the sandpit, then you may not beat up on us with your patents. (See section 6 of CDDL). Overall, it appears to me that there is considerable agreement between this draft of the GPLv3 and the CDDL. This can only be a good thing for people who want to create, use and distribute Free and also OpenSource software.
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There's "compatible" and "compatible". You'll still not be able to mix together code that's under the two licenses in the same project, as it seems GPL v3 is not trying to be compatible with MPL-family licenses, but the problems that Debian and Nexenta are having with each other appear to be resolved (and Eben Moglen said they were never intended to be an issue even under v2).

Posted by Simon Phipps on January 17, 2006 at 12:13 AM EST #

Good point. I'll update my entry - how about "compatible in spirit" instead? James

Posted by James McPherson on January 17, 2006 at 12:19 AM EST #

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