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From acoli...@apache.org
Subject Re: Questions about the Classpath license exception
Date Sun, 15 May 2005 17:37:38 GMT
That's a bit knee jerk.  Far more value could be found from working 
together.  We have more in common than not.  If we learn to compromise 
and work together, the gains will be tremendous.  Seperately we're all a 
bunch of qubbling groups who produce pieces of Java that are interesting 
and maybe even useful, but are not really as much of a force to be 
reckoned with.

While the Free Software Foundation and its allies have produced 
tremendous works, the Apache Software Foundation has made the greatest 
progress in freeing Java.  This was done through persistence and 
compromise often over the objections of hard-headed people like me who 
like to knee-jerk too.

The Free Software Foundation is the force which allows us to have Linux 
or Gnu/Linux today among many others.  Apache gave us the Apache Web 
Server and countless other libraries.  The FSF gives us GCJ, Apache 
gives us countless Java libraries, frameworks and toolkits that are 
developed in line with our shared ethos.

However, we do these things apart and do our own part to negotiate for 
the freedom of Java.  Its time to take a much larger step and work 
together, find commonality and keep cool heads.

Calls to give up and go our own way are frankly unhelpful and very 
early.  A free and open Java is at our grasp through combined talent.

Personally, I have temendous respect for the abillities and talents of 
both groups and look forward to them working together to produce a free 
high performance production-ready Java.


Mark Brooks wrote:
>> To be clear, so as no-one feels they've been misled in the future, 
>> this is not what we'd like in the best of all possible worlds. In that 
>> world, classpath would be relicensed under the AL, or a compatible 
>> licence.
>> What's listed above is a position we can live with.
>> Cheers,
>> Ben.
> Respectfully, perhaps the mistake is not going ahead and developing a 
> class library specifically for this project.
> I realize that is a lot of work, but perhaps it would be better to do 
> that work than to use code from another project that has different aims 
> and goals and an incompatible license.
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