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From "Jose Alberto Fernandez" <>
Subject RE: Task for the new Pack200 format
Date Thu, 12 Feb 2004 10:49:31 GMT
> From: Stefan Bodewig [] 
> On Wed, 11 Feb 2004, Jose Alberto Fernandez 
> <> wrote:
> > With respect on providing a version of pack200 usable by 
> lesser JDKs I 
> > think than rather trying to reproduce the thing from 
> scratch, we could 
> > just as well ask Bill Puig if he would be willing to 
> contribute such a 
> > task or at least the code (either to Apache or as 3rd party).
> If he'd donate it to the ASF that would certainly be great.  
> When we talk about 3rd party, which certainly includes the 
> option of him publishing it himself, it would all depend on 
> the license.

On the third party issue, I certaintly would like him to provide
an ASF style license, but I do not think that is needed.
What I mean by a 3rd party, is that they will provide on their
servers an antlib JAR file containing the tasks, and that
we will publish the task availability on our external tasks page.

It means we do not have to maintain them at all. If he instead donates
the work, well then all future maintenance falls in our lap.

The way I see it, <jar pack200="true"> for JDK1.5 should be in core
and supported by us. On the other hand, <pack200> task for lesser
JDKs could be provided and maintained aby someone else.

What do people think? I will wait to see what are we interested
on doing before aproaching Bill. I know him from my time at Maryland,
hope he still remembers me.

Let me know,

Jose Alberto

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