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New GPL 3 Draft Imminent, Yet Final Release Delayed

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A new draft of the upcoming GNU General Public License Version 3 (GPL 3) will be released shortly, participants in the drafting process say, but a final release is likely to slip past the March 2007 deadline that the GPL's maintainer, the Free Software Foundation (FSF), initially set as the "latest possible release date."

The GPL 3 drafting process is playing out publicly and behind closed doors. The FSF has posted two drafts and extensive documentation about the revision process on its GPL 3 Web site. But detailed discussions among industry stakeholders about the revisions are being carried out through three discussion committees, which host private meetings and online discussions.

Committee members include representatives from an assortment of open-source and commercial organizations invested in open-source development, including IBM, Novell, Sun Microsystems, Red Hat, Hewlett-Packard, the Eclipse Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation and several universities.

Participants in the committee discussions say a new, near-final draft is imminent.

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