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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: AWT/Swing
Date Sat, 16 Jul 2005 04:13:45 GMT

On Jul 15, 2005, at 5:58 PM, Sven de Marothy wrote:

> On Fri, 2005-07-15 at 10:30 -0300, Rodrigo Kumpera wrote:
>> Harmony or classpath won´t be able to use these peers, as QT is GPL.
> Well, Qt is GPL/QPL dual-licensed with the option of commercial
> licensing, you can link it to FOSS code without any 'virality'.
> (http://doc.trolltech.com/3.3/faq.html#5-3)
> For VMs like Kaffe, JamVM who are GPL already, this isn't a  
> problem, nor
> is it for LGPL VMs like SableVM, which fullfill the QPL requirements.
> (Note that most KDE libraries are LGPL too.)
> This would only be an issue for someone who wants to distibute a
> closed-source fork of Harmony with Qt bundled, or closed-source  
> programs
> compiled with GCJ, with Qt bundled. In which case the option of
> purchasing a license from Trolltech is still available.

That's no fun.  Remember, we're happy w/ people innovating and doing  
closed source impls of their work if they choose.

> Just to put things into perspective: You can also make the argument  
> that
> a set of Windows or OS X peers wouldn't be distributable by  
> Classpath or
> Harmony either, since they need a set of commercial libraries that
> require you to purchase Windows or OS X.



> /Sven

Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437

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