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From Davanum Srinivas <dava...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Apache Harmony / GNU Classpath
Date Thu, 12 May 2005 13:56:53 GMT

There a few folks who think otherwise w.r.t to the Exception being
non-viral. This email was to get an official response from FSF in that

Once we get past that problem, we have to get an ok for provining a
single bundle. I think 2 downloads to get a working JVM (say on M$
platform) is to say it mildly...crazy.

-- dims

On 5/12/05, Ben Laurie <ben@algroup.co.uk> wrote:
> Greg Stein wrote:
> > Dims,
> >
> > The current position of the ASF is that all of our software is licensed
> > under the Apache License. No dual licensing, no variations, and no special
> > exceptions for any of our codebases. This provides our users with a very
> > simple model of licensing. Everything is licensed the same way with no
> > hidden "gotchas" to trip up users, distributors, developers, VARs, etc.
> >
> > This singular licensing model is and will remain in effect. If you would
> > like an exception, then you will need to provide a Board resolution to
> > make it happen. Given that the Apache License is *very* flexible, I'm
> > unclear on what that resolution could propose for change.
> >
> > Any resolution will not be deferred to "the next board", but it will be
> > discussed and voted upon at a board meeting (May 18th or June 22nd). If
> > you believe and require that a vote is needed outside of that, then we can
> > make it happen.
> >
> > Regarding the bundling of GPL'd software (e.g. Classpath): my
> > understanding is that would require the entire package falls under the
> > GPL. Even if an exception is made by the authors of the GPL'd software,
> > you would still have an ASF package with a mixed license (which is more
> > constraining that our Apache License).
> Classpath already does have an exception which would permit bundling of
> unrelated s/w without the GPL spreading to it.
> As I understand it, this at least means that we can combine ALed code
> with Classpath (of course, I maintain that we can combine ALed code with
> _any_ GPLed code, but the FSF like to disagree), though I agree that our
> current policies would prevent us providing it as part of a bundle.
> Cheers,
> Ben.
> --
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> "There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he
> doesn't mind who gets the credit." - Robert Woodruff

Davanum Srinivas - http://webservices.apache.org/~dims/

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