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From Neil Macneale <mac4-harm...@theory.org>
Subject Re: The Unofficial "Harmony, Licensing, the Universe and everything" FAQ
Date Mon, 14 Nov 2005 18:55:06 GMT
Leo Simons wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 14, 2005 at 09:34:17AM -0800, Neil Macneale wrote:
> 
>>Are the licenses in question so restrictive that that they would prevent
>>someone from writing a script which would download all the required
>>packages and assemble them correctly on the installer's computer? For
>>example, if some entity were to determine that component ABC v1.2.3 in
>>combination with component XYZ v 3.2.1 would combine to satisfy some
>>useful functionality, then is there any legal reason for them to
>>distribute a script which downloads the parts and puts them together?
>>The script could request that the user agree to each license as well.
>>
>>If we restrict ABC and XYZ to be licensed under some sort of "free
>>license," is there any legal reason preventing someone from doing this?
>>I'm not suggesting this is what harmony should do, but more trying to
>>get at the core of the issue.
> 
> 
> No, such an installer script is I believe perfectly okay. Its what every
> linux distribution out there does to some extent. I think setups like that
> can, do and should exist (for example Fedora Core ships gcj, classpath,
> ant, tomcat, etc, and they all work together properly).
> 
> AIUI you can't call it java though.
sweet. Call it: jahva. :-)

Neil

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