Update: FSF has now confirmed this by posting an updated GPLv3 timetable.
According to Bruce Perens, discussion draft 3 of GPLv3 is due to be published on Wednesday March 28th:
At the FSF general meeting today, Richard Stallman announced that the third discussion draft of GPL version 3 will be released on Wednesday and will be open for public comment. This will be moved briskly into a last-call version, and they hope to close in early June. This version has an additional paragraph that addresses anyone who tries to do what Microsoft is currently doing in the Novell-Microsoft agreement. The language to address anyone who tries to do what Novell is doing is still being constructed, Eben Moglen commented to me that Richard has rejected the latest and best proposal for Novell-role language and that they will formulate new language and try again.
It’s interesting to see that draft 3 aims to prevent both roles in the deal, that of Microsoft and that of Novell.
People interested in GPLv3 might find these previous blog entries interesting:
- GPLv3: Simplicity and Length
- Why GPLv3 says additional permissions are removable
- How GPLv3 addresses the EUCD and DMCA
- GPLv3 Embedded in Devices
- How GPLv3 tackles Licence Proliferation
- Tivoisation explained – implementation and harms (also in German)
And, for anyone who can make it to Brussels, Richard will give a talk there on April 1st: GPLv3: Improving a Great Licence. We’ll try to record it, and if all goes well, I’ll make a transcript, like the previous transcripts.
Lastly, a note for German speakers out there. Guido Arnold has just finished a German translation of Richard Stallman’s March 9th 2006 free software talk and Q&A. UPDATE: I also just saw that Rolf Camps has made a Dutch translation of that talk.
UPDATE: FSF has now confirmed this by posting an updated GPLv3 timetable.