SugarCRM's Community Edition 5.0 Beta Released Today Under GPLv3 License

Enterprise CRM Solution and Early Adopter of GPLv3 License Now Available

for Users To Test, Create and Share Code and Extensions

Aug 30, 2007, 01:00 ET from SugarCRM Inc.

    CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SugarCRM Inc., the world's
 leading provider of commercial free/libre and open source (FLOSS) customer
 relationship management (CRM) software, today announced the beta
 availability of Sugar Community Edition 5.0 for download and testing by the
 Sugar community. Sugar Community Edition 5.0 is being released under the
 GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3), a free software license
 published by the Free Software Foundation.
     "We are excited to ship Beta 1 of Sugar Community Edition 5.0 under the
 GPLv3," said John Roberts, CEO and co-founder of SugarCRM. "We believe the
 GPLv3 will become the global standard license for free and open source
     The Sugar community is comprised of over 10,000 developers located in
 five continents who have already contributed more than 400 CRM extensions
 based on the core Sugar code on
     The adoption of GPLv3 has been welcomed by the Sugar community and will
 enable faster development cycles, more code contributions and additional
 beta testing feedback, which ultimately increases the quality of CRM for
 businesses world-wide.
     "We have worked closely with SugarCRM to ensure that their Sugar
 Community Edition applies GPLv3 correctly," said Richard M. Stallman,
 president of the Free Software Foundation. "We welcome the release of Sugar
 Community Edition 5.0 under GPLv3 and we believe it sets the standard for
 how enterprise applications can take advantage of the benefits the license
 provides." More information about GPLv3 can be found at:
     Sugar Community Edition Beta Release Available Today
     Sugar Community Edition 5.0 introduces innovative platform features,
 new CRM functionality and community development tools. The beta release is
 available for download today at The 5.0 beta release is also
 available via an on-demand temporary trial at The General Availability
 release of Sugar 5.0 is targeted for the end of September.
     About SugarCRM Commercial Free/ Libre and Open Source (FLOSS) Project
     The SugarCRM Commercial FLOSS Project, Sugar Community Edition, is the
 leading 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 web 2.0 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, please visit
     To participate in the Sugar community or develop Sugar extensions,
 please visit