Enterprise Linux Log

Sep 25 2007   3:06PM GMT

GPLv3 growth flattens out, LGPLv3 adds 49 projects


For a month that saw a GNU GPL lawsuit and nearly 20% growth in GPLv3 project conversions, September has quickly become yet another month set to go out like a lamb (I’m looking at you, March).

At the beginning of the month, I cited a Palamida report that had tracked the number of GPLv3 adoptions among open source projects at a 15-20% increase month-over-month. Today? The numbers have cooled slightly, although the GPL’s younger brother the LGPL has taken up some of the slack.

Again, Palamida provides some of the licensing numbers they’ve been tracking for the period of September 10 through the 21rst:

Wow for the LGPL v3 (Relatively)
The last two weeks have seen a 17% increase over last in the number of projects that have adopted GPLv3. As of 3pm PDT, September 21, 2007, our research indicates that 683 projects have officially adopted GPLv3, as compared to 585 projects on September 7th. A whopping 31 new projects have adopted LGPLv3 bringing the total LGPLv3 projects to 76.

Palamida is also pretty good at keeping people up to date on some of the specific projects being converted to the GPLv3 (they aren’t just about statistics, people!).

Some of the latest conversions:

  • mySerialz: A Web application that allows users to keep track of their serial keys.
  • gPodder: A Podcast receiver/catcher written in Python and pyGTK. It manages podcast feeds for you, and automatically downloads all podcasts from as many feeds as you like. If you are interested in Podcast feeds, simply put the feed URLs into gPodder and it will download all episodes for you automatically. If there is a new episode, it will get it for you. It supports download resume, if the server supports it.
  • Version Control Control (VC”): A tool that integrates with off-the-shelf version control systems and monitors file system access in order to enhance awareness among users. The tool warns about actions made by other users and suggests conflict avoiding actions.
  • GNU Emacs: Emacs is the extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor. Emacs is a text editor and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp (“elisp”, for short), a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
  • yWiCo: SyWiCo is a tool for managing concurrent modifications of shared files between unconnected computers. It can be used as a synchronization tool relying on email.
  • Portaneo Open Source Homepage (POSH): Posh is a open source personalizable portal (Netvibes, iGoogle, …) developed with PHP/MySQL/Ajax.

I assume the last one has no relation to Becks.

Bonus link: More on the FSF lawsuit against Monsoon Multimedia.

UPDATE: Hate to kick you while you’re down, buddy, but InformationWorld is reporting that developers are shunning GPLv3.

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