When the foundation began its GPL revamp, it planned to release a final "last call" draft by January 15 and the GPL 3 itself "no later than March 2007." Now, however, Executive Director Peter Brown isn't willing to pin down a firm schedule.
"We are still working on the last-call draft, and I hope that we will get that out within the next two or three weeks. Beyond that, we haven't made any decision about the final release date," Brown said.
The GPL revamp has been a complicated process, with innumerable individuals as well as corporate powers wanting to have a say. Linus Torvalds and other core programmers of the Linux kernel--arguably the most successful and visible GPL project--have, and . On the other hand, and is .
A wrinkle emerged in November with a. Under the deal, Microsoft agreed not to sue Novell Linux customers for patent infringement. (The complex deal also involves patent-related payments going in both directions, joint marketing, and Microsoft sales of Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server.)
"Certainly, that has occupied our minds," Brown said.
Foundation founder Richard Stallman said in a November talk that the most recent draft of the GPL wouldn't have prohibited the deal, but that language is being adjusted so the final version will.
"It's a good thing that Microsoft did this now, because we discovered that the text we had written for GPL version 3 would not have blocked this. But it's not too late, and we're going to make sure that when GPL version 3 really comes out, it will block such deals," Stallman said.