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From Jim Jagielski <>
Subject Re: [bdbje] [Licensing] Open Source verses Commercial Use
Date Fri, 29 Jul 2005 17:14:20 GMT

On Jul 24, 2005, at 7:06 PM, Rex Wang wrote:

> If Company A were to modify the Apache Directory Server, or to
> extract Java Edition code from ADS for use in another
> application, and wanted to redistribute the modified ADS or
> other application to a 3rd party, then Company A would either
> have to make their code available under some Open Source
> license, or purchase a commercial license from Sleepycat
> Software.

Unfortunately, one reason the AL is written the way it is, is
to ALLOW commercial vendors to change ASF code as they see fit
without requiring source code availability/release. Also,
requiring them to obtain a commercial license would also
severely restrict commercial usage.

Having substantial functionality of ASF projects require
external codebases which aren't truly AL-compatible, can cause

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