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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: plugins with some excluded licenses
Date Tue, 04 Jul 2006 09:24:20 GMT
David Crossley wrote:
> Ross Gardler wrote:
>>>>I'm working on an OSCommerce plugin (see mail thread with Brian). This 
>>>>plugin has a dependency on Hibernate which is LGPL and therefore cannot 
>>>>be housed here in Apache.
>>>>I've requested a project "Forrest Plugins" on Sourceforge to house this 
>>>>work. I will also put the s5 plugin up there. I'd also like to 
>>>>generalise the OSCommerce plugin (when time permits) so that it provides 
>>>>a generic framework for input plugins pulling data from relational 
> As an individual, as a PMC member, and as the PMC chair,
> i am concerned that our project is small and might not
> cope with a split in its community.

I understand that, and I have the same concerns, that is why I have 
raised it here before actually doing anything. However, as well as being 
an Apache Forrest PMC member I am an independent developer. I have to 
satisfy my customers needs as well as those of the ASF. Since I cannot 
do all of the work I need to do under the ASL I need to find a way 
around it with minimal impact on the Forrest community.

The alternative is to not release the work as Open Source. This is the 
third plugin I have built that falls into this category, all three have 
been requested by our users. I think finding a way of allowing these 
plugins to exist as Open Source is going to strengthen the community, 
not split it.

So lets keep working at it...

> I will ask for Cliff's advice.

Thanks for doing that. I'll be following the thread.


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