There continues to be a great deal of discussion around the issue of legally binding translations of the GPL.
Moglen believes the FSF will have to reach a decision on the matter before the license is finalized. "Mr. Stallman has been skeptical of the value of official versus unofficial translations," he said, an opinion Moglen adds is shared by many commercial multinational companies. "They're concerned about legal variation," he added, and feel more comfortable with a single license in a single language, English. But other interest groups do see a value in having official translations, so the debate is ongoing.
After receiving public comment on the second draft, Moglen expects he and Stallman will come out with a "last-call" third draft of GPLv3 sometime between mid-October and Nov. 1. "Often the last-call draft is the first draft people pay attention to," Moglen quipped. Should that third draft meet with a broad consensus of approval from the FOSS community, FSF would then hope to issue the final version of the license around Jan. 15, 2007, he added.
The FSF has also worked to bring together the GPL with the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) version 3. "They're actually facets of one another," Moglen said, with the LGPL effectively the GPL plus additional permissions. The LGPL is a looser license than the GPL and can be linked to free or proprietary software not licensed under the GPL.
GPLv3 Draft 2 is available at http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2006-07-27.html.