SugarCRM Open Source Project Announces Adoption of GPL v3 Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) License

GPL v3 License for Sugar Community Edition Accelerates Users' Ability To

Co-Create and Share CRM Code and Extensions

Jul 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from SugarCRM Inc.

    CUPERTINO, Calif., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- SugarCRM Inc., the world's
 leading provider of commercial open source customer relationship management
 (CRM) software, today announced that the upcoming release of Sugar
 Community Edition 5.0 will be licensed under the new Version 3 of the GNU
 General Public License (GPL). The GPL is the most widely used free and open
 source (FOSS) license in the market.
     "We are proud to adopt the GPL v3 with our next major Sugar Community
 Edition release," said John Roberts, CEO and co-founder of SugarCRM Open
 Source Project. "We would like to thank the Free Software Foundation (FSF)
 for leading such an important effort to deliver the most modern FOSS
 license. The FSF undertook a very difficult process and incorporated many
 diverse developer and user needs, combining them into a fair and just
 representation of what FOSS means to our communities."
     Sugar Community Edition 5.0 is expected to be released in September,
 and introduces innovative platform features, new CRM functionality and
 community development tools.
     "I'm pleased to see the SugarCRM open source project adopt the GPL v3,"
 said Eben Moglen, executive director of the Software Freedom Law Center
 (SFLC) and outside counsel to the Free Software Foundation, who played a
 key role in the drafting process of the new GPL v3 license. "We believe
 that sharing knowledge is good, and we encourage other important free and
 open source software projects to take this step and join us in making
 better software."
     About SugarCRM Open Source Project
     The SugarCRM Open Source Project, Sugar Community Edition, is the
 leading open source customer relationship management (CRM) software for
 companies of all sizes. The Sugar Community Edition easily adapts to any
 business environment by offering a more flexible, cost-effective
 alternative than proprietary applications. SugarCRM's open source
 architecture allows companies to more easily customize and integrate
 customer-facing business processes in order to build and maintain more
 profitable relationships.
     To download Sugar Community Edition go to
     To participate in the Sugar community or develop Sugar extensions, go