It seems that the discussion about forthcoming GPL v. 3 is going to be blistering. First we had Linus dissing the new draft. Now John Caroll, who works for Microsoft, joins the chorus with his strongly-worded column:
…People may wish to rethink that premise, as the GPL is incredibly important to the open source movement (though Eric Raymond has advocated doing away with it), and Stallman has just thrown down the ideological gauntlet. The question is whether those same developers who followed Stallman down the GPL garden path will continue to follow as he leads them over the edge of a cliff..
..GPL version 3 isn’t going to help the cause of open source and free software. With it’s anti-DRM provisions, it’s more likely to inspire a civil war, and if the Stallman side wins (which he might, given interdependencies between various GPL products and the fact that Stallman has convinced so many to give him arbitrary control over the licensing terms covering their code), open source loses as proprietary software rushes in to fill the void left by GPL code.
It will be interesting to see if FSF will address this criticism.