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From Benson Margulies <>
Subject Re: Some clarification needed for Apache Extra projects - Apache Extra in specific
Date Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:26:00 GMT
Perhaps I can help here.

The root of all this, as I understand it, is an optional dependency.
There is, of course, code that depends on the optional dependency.
However, no one has mentioned any *source* code that is under an
incompatible license, such as modified sources of an LGPL component.

This is the critical question. If this is AL source code that makes
calls to an LGPL component, then it can live in an ordinary AL source
repository and be distributed in an ordinary AL release. However, a
user must be able to build the release, by default, without the LGPL
binary dependency.Thus, 'optional'.

If, on the other hand, some members of a PMC wish to build source code
that is not under the AL, it cannot be at Apache and there must be a
bright line that avoids any confusion. Such a project could be at
Extras, but then the question arises about whether mailing list
connections and other conveniences would create unacceptable confusion
about the distinction between 'things the PMC does' and 'things some
PMC members happen to do elsewhere.'

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