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From Noah Slater <nsla...@apache.org>
Subject Re: the search api?
Date Fri, 18 Jul 2008 15:24:54 GMT
On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 10:49:56AM -0400, Dean Landolt wrote:
> > So the upshot of this seems to be that we can use Xapian, "link" to it and
> > even
> > bundle the source code if we wished.
>
> They're compatible, sure. But the downside is that by tying the packages
> together you'd effectively be subjecting the whole project to the terms of
> the GPL. Making a proprietary fork of the project would be made more
> difficult (a fundamental right of the Apache license). Of course, this
> doesn't matter at all to me as I only deal in free software, but it
> complicates things a bit. Apparently it scares the heck out of an awful lot
> of suits. I remember how difficult it was for me to convince the Library of
> Congress that they wouldn't have to release all their source code if I
> integrated even an LGPL tool (TinyMCE) into one of their systems. They're
> still not completely convinced. If it were plain GPL, I can't even imagine
> how that would have went.

Okay, I will take this to apache-legal later today when I have time.

Thanks for the feedback guys, I'll keep you all posted.

-- 
Noah Slater, http://people.apache.org/~nslater/

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