We are considering a change of license for Hibernate projects to Apache License 2.0. In fact, more recent Hibernate projects have started out using that license.
While we still believe that our long published interpretation of LGPL to be compatible with ASL and similar licenses, enough FUD has been spread about it to be considered a lost cause in terms of inclusion in various projects. At this point, it just makes sense to change - it opens up wider acceptance amongst Apache/Jakarta projects and others.
In the coming weeks we will be sending emails to developers who have made significant, still-relevant contributions to the codebase over the years. We want to respect the wishes of all of us.
Questions about the change are best directed to one of the communication channels.