FSF cozies up to Apache

he Free Software Foundation says it is on track to build Apache License compatibility into the upcoming GPL version 3, despite "11th-hour" problems that scuppered the feature in the latest GPL 3 draft.

The GPL is the most widely used open source licence, and the Apache License, besides covering the immensely popular Apache web server, is also a well-established licence. The incompatibility between the two has long caused headaches for developers, since it means code can't be shared between projects covered by one licence or the other.

Apache License compatibility was one of the major features planned for the latest draft of the GPL 3, released in March, and its absence came as a surprise.

But the FSF said on Tuesday that compatibility will make it into the final version of the GPL 3.

"I think a final change we'll see before the GPL 3 release will be that compatibility," said FSF executive director Peter Brown during a panel discussion at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

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