The French government has developed its own Linux GNU general public licence to make it easier for the developer community to produce Linux products that satisfy French laws covering copyright and product liability.
Most existing Linux licences are written in English and assume US copyright and product liability laws, which are different to those in France.
The new French licence, called Cecill, has been created by three government-backed research institutes: the French Atomic Energy Commission, the National Centre for Scientific Research and the National Research Institute for Computing and Automation.
The introduction of the licence will also make it easier for suppliers to sell Linux solutions to French government departments.
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