When Microsoft finally launches its new version of Windows, codenamed Longhorn, by 2006, the open source movement plans to crash the party with an updated version of the GPL (General Public Licence).
The GPL is one of the most common licences for open source software, with the Linux operating system as the most successful GPL product available.
The new GPL would mark the first update to the licence since 1991. The third revision in the licence's history is slated to reflect some of the recent changes in the software industry such as the rise of web services, ASPs and trusted computing.
Having the revision done by the time Microsoft starts shipping Longhorn will help the open source movement gain momentum. After all, as users consider switching to the new Windows, they might also consider switching to Linux. "That's the time of maximum vulnerability for [Microsoft], and that's the moment when it would be in [free software's] favor to have a new license in place," an anomynous source told eWeek.
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