SugarCRM's Sweet Taste of Freedom

The software provider's adoption of the latest version of the GNU General Public License is a ringing endorsement of the free software movement's charter

A momentous event occurred in the history of software this week—though some may have been too consumed with the stock market malaise or hand-wringing over Apple's (AAPL) iPhone sales to notice. For anyone who missed the news, a company called SugarCRM, a provider of software that helps companies manage customer relationships, threw its weight behind the latest version of the GNU General Public License, which governs the use of freely distributed software.

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