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From "Chris Todd" <>
Subject RE: Ant gui tool
Date Wed, 11 Oct 2000 15:06:10 GMT

There was quite an active discussion about the compatibility of the APL and
GPL in exactly the context of a proposed Ant GUI on the ant-dev mailing list
about a month ago.  You might want to check the archives at and look for the Ant-gui thread in september.  I
found it to be a very informative discussion of software licensing issues in
open source.

The short answers to your questions are:
1)  At least two other people have an expressed an interest in developing a
GUI for ant (The ANTHILL project announcement was the one that kicked off
the ant-gui discussion on ant-dev last month).
2)  The GPL is incompatible with the APL, so the ASF literally can't accept
any code contributions that are GPL.  Of course, that doesn't prevent you
from creating an ant GUI and disctributing it yourself.

Chris Todd
Software Engineer
Alabanza Corporation
401 Market St., Suite 401
Steubenville, OH 43952
(740) 282-2971 x5218 or
(888) 839-7060 x5218

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Saviely []
> Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 10:51 AM
> To: ''
> Subject: Ant gui tool
> Hello,
> I'm thinking on writing a Swing gui tool for using Ant.  I envision it as
> making xml editing less tedious to use, rather than totally abstrating
> away knowledge of ant; it would probably find its best use for non-unix
> people in the middle of the learning curve who still want to have a
> well-structured buildfile, without having to immerse themselves in the
> details of Ant and experiment.
> My questions are assuming my first release stands fairly well on its own,
> and is quite useful.
> For one thing, is this redundant?  The logical progression of things
> nowadays is to GUIs, so I'd think it would be in the works.
> Also, does a GPL license create problems?  Would that mean that the
> jakarta project will be unwilling to link to it?
> Thanks,
> Saviely

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