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From David Jencks <davidjen...@directvinternet.com>
Subject Re: DO NOT REPLY [Bug 8811] - inaccurate description of (L)GPL in Licensing and Copyright section
Date Sun, 05 May 2002 17:04:49 GMT
On 2002.05.05 11:39:53 -0400 Steve Loughran wrote:
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Patrick (Gus) Heck" <patrick.heck@olin.edu>
> To: "Ant Developers List" <ant-dev@jakarta.apache.org>
> Sent: Saturday, May 04, 2002 22:02
> Subject: Re: DO NOT REPLY [Bug 8811] - inaccurate description of (L)GPL
> in
> Licensing and Copyright section
> 
> 
> > As I was reading this it caused me to wonder something. If a task were
> to
> > use an Execute.runCommand("foo"); where foo is a command that happens
> to
> > work under linux, does that constitute linkage from a licensing
> standpoint?
> >
> > What if the command also works on other platforms? Would it be
> neccessary
> to
> > actively disable the task on linux platforms?
> >
> > Since I am thinking of writing a symlink task which would mostly be
> useful
> > on Unix type systems that support a ln -s command, this could be
> important.
> >
> > Gus
> 
> 
> separate exes are not an issue; only linking, either directly or via
> reflection. Even then, you could get away with it if your component is
> designed to link to any implementation of an API, and someone happens to
> run
> it against GPL parts. Hence jboss being GPL doesnt make your EJB GPL the
> moment you use it.

The area of licensing is confusing enough without misinformation.  JBoss
has been LGPL since December 2000.  As I recall, the change from GPL to
LGPL was made largely due to concerns raised on the ant list or by ant
committers.

david jencks
> 
> -steve
> 
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