Opposition to new Linux licence mounts

Opposition to a new version of the licence for open source OS Linux is growing, with a number of prominent developers joining originator Linus Torvalds in criticising changes in wording.

A number of Linux kernel developers have signed a "position paper" on General Public Licence (GPL) version 3, which is intended as the successor to the most popular open source licence. The developers warned the new licence, and the Free Software Foundation's plans to actively use and promote it, have "the potential to inflict massive collateral damage upon our entire ecosystem and jeopardise the very utility and survival of open source."