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From "Fred Fox" <foxand...@mail.com>
Subject Re: Full disclosure
Date Sat, 03 Dec 2005 18:04:08 GMT
Switching to LGPL would be more restrictive according to Classpath developers

and against stated GNU philosophy


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dalibor Topic" <robilad@kaffe.org>
To: harmony-dev@incubator.apache.org
Subject: Re: Full disclosure
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2005 09:01:37 -0800

> On Fri, Dec 02, 2005 at 04:24:10PM +0100, Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> > Anthony Green wrote:
> >
> > >But what would be the point of a relicensing effort like this?  AFAICT,
> > >many people here show no interest in collaborating on a single free
> > >class library project.
> >
> > uh? nobody ever mentioned that harmony was about "a single free 
> > class library project".
> Yeah. I'd expect Harmony to prefer to use ASF's JAXP code over GNU JAXP,
> for example, Common-Regexp/ORO over GNU regex, and so on.
> There are always going to be areas where it may make sense for Apache
> Harmony to chose different components for their class library over
> GNU Classpath's choice, and that's the idea, basically: being able to
> pick and chose whatever suits oneself, while heading towards a full
> 1.5 implementation.
> > In such an ecosystem, having Classpath licensed under LGPL would 
> > make it much easier for Harmony to start merging pieces.
> Yup. I think the most important part for Harmony would be to be able to use
> what's out there, and that requires policy decisions on Apache 
> Harmony's/ASF's
> side and/or licensing decisions on FSF's side. All of which take 
> time, require
> attention to detail, mutual understanding of the letter and spirit 
> of licenses,
> then feeding that to the ASF's lawyers, you name it.
> I'd like to see the ASF allow use of code under the GPL+linking exception
> as well, as that is necessary for the Apache httpd builds made 
> using gcc that are
> distributed from Apache.org anyway, and would allow us to ship gcc-compiled
> binaries of Harmony. Someone tell the httpd guys to raise it at 
> legal-discuss.
> > If not, we'll have to create yet another licensing bridge and it 
> > will take some more time, that's all.
> +1.
> cheers,
> dalibor topic

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