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From Hiram Chirino <>
Subject Re: Doxample: Can we ship it with our code?
Date Thu, 18 Jan 2007 23:09:47 GMT

On Jan 18, 2007, at 5:50 PM, Oren Ben-Kiki wrote:

> I have just pinged the people in the Autoconf project and they are
> interested in adding this to their archive. This may take a while
> though.


> BTW, AFAIK the main difference between the Apache license and the  
> GPL is
> that Apache may be distributed in binary-only form; since my files  
> have
> no binary form I don't see how they are incompatible. But IANAL.

Yeah the differences between the two get a bit complex and IANAL too :)

But I think the biggest difference between the Licenses are that  
Apache licensed software is a bit more liberal with how it can be  
used.  For example it allows commercial companies to make  
modifications and redistribute without giving back the changes.   
Which is contrary to the GPL philosophy.  In essence the Apache, BSD,  
and MIT licenses are more Business friendly.

So I light of that, you might not actually want to Apache License  
it.. And that would be OK...

> To solve your problem in the meanwhile, I hereby formally grant you  
> the
> permission to change the license line to "... the same terms as the
> Apache server" in your distribution. I trust that would settle the
> issue?

But if you don't mind other folks using your file (even for  
commercial reasons), you would just need to also add this to the  
header for us to be able to consume it:

    Copyright [yyyy] [name of copyright owner]

    Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
    you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
    You may obtain a copy of the License at

    Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
    distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
    See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
    limitations under the License.

> Oren.
> On Thu, 2007-01-18 at 16:23 -0500, Hiram Chirino wrote:
>> Hi Oren,
>> Thanks for the reply. Apache Projects can't distribute any source
>> code that is GPL or LGPL licensed.  But we can distribute Apache or
>> BSD or MIT style licensed source code.  We would not be be
>> distributing Autoconf, but expect our developers to have it installed
>> prior to building our source code.  We could make the same assumption
>> for your ac_doxygen.m4 too but making someone download and install
>> that file seperately is a bit annoying for new developers checking
>> out the project.  We were hoping to distribute your ac_doxygen.m4
>> with our source code to make it easier for them to have Doxygen  
>> support.
>> So is there any chance you could at least dual license that file so
>> that could include it?
>> Regards,
>> Hiram

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