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From Tim Ellison <t.p.elli...@gmail.com>
Subject Waiting for license resolutions (was: Re: Code contribution to harmony)
Date Sun, 13 Nov 2005 23:32:00 GMT
Mark Wielaard wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-11-09 at 16:56 +0000, Tim Ellison wrote:
>>I agree that getting a resolution to the community/licensing differences
>>would be fantastic.  I don't see that happening quickly, and I don't
>>want to see the success or failure of a development project gated upon
>>it.  IMHO resolving license issues is a board-level objective, not a
>>J2SE-project objective.  We can hack code and live in hope :-)
> I believe people are really reluctant to hack on the code while there is
> a legal limbo whether it can be included into the other code bases out
> there

I hope that I've misunderstood your comments Mark, because it would of
course be wrong for people to suspend development on FSF and ASF java
implementations -- jchevm, bootJVM, classpath, kaffe, etc. while
awaiting a resolution of the 'legal limbo'.

> and whether it is meant as a project to enhance all the existing
> projects or just another project on the side. So I see resolving this
> issues as a high priority.

I wasn't involved in writing the Harmony project proposal, but it seems
to be quite clearly targeting a java implementation and not a generic
license compatibility project.  I suggest that a java-only resolution
would be sub-optimal anyway.

However, I have no influence in the FSF or ASF :-) so I'll refrain from
further debate, like others on the list who are clearly smarter than me!



Tim Ellison (t.p.ellison@gmail.com)
IBM Java technology centre, UK.

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