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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 8811] - inaccurate description of (L)GPL in Licensing and Copyright section
Date Sun, 05 May 2002 03:47:16 GMT
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inaccurate description of (L)GPL in Licensing and Copyright section





------- Additional Comments From steve_l@iseran.com  2002-05-05 03:47 -------
ok. I do think I understand GPL and LGPL, and have even released code under 
it; I have even sat through talks where RMS explained why we should call linux 
GNU/Linux, but not GNU/MIT/XFree86/Linux for reasons he never covered. But 
clearly you think I got that phrase wrong. Feel free to add the 
word "effectively" in there and submit the patch.

The doc tries to send the message that we dont care what license you release 
your task under, but we can only link to non-(L)GPL stuff in the apache 
managed codebase. The moment we link to one library or class that propagates 
to the rest of the ant product, which would fundamentally change the ant 
license, and have negative impact on the product Sun wouldnt include it in the 
JWS dev pack; IntelliJ wouldnt include it in IDEA, etc, etc. Now, from a free 
software perspective stopping proprietary systems from leveraging voluteers 
hard work is the exact purpose of the GPL, and popularity without freedom is 
nothing, but apache is playing a slightly different game: freedom from IIS, 
and with, ant freedom from IDEs. Note also the recent issues regarding 
participation in the JAva Community Program as a sign of Apache's commitments, 
not just to Apache hosted projects, but to the needs of open and free software 
developers such as the JBoss team.


Anyhows, like I said, if you want to submit a patch we can put it in the next 
beta release of ant1.5.

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