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From Dalibor Topic <robi...@kaffe.org>
Subject Re: ASF has been shipping GPL exception stuff for years and still is ;)
Date Mon, 05 Dec 2005 02:53:08 GMT
On Sun, Dec 04, 2005 at 01:52:32PM -0600, Archie Cobbs wrote:
> Conclusion being: if it's the merely legality that concerns ASF,
> then they should already be happy and this whole problem and
> discussion can go away (wouldn't that be nice :-)

Thanks for summing it up so nicely, Archie ;)

With the legality argument out of the way, someone should make 
sure that the board ratifies the existing practice of Apache projects
shipping GPL+linking exception code. I believe I've provided the 
people who care about making the use of GNU Classpath's code
possible with the requisite means to prove the legality of the 
license type decisively, and I assume this will be sufficient for the
approval of the license on GNU Classpath as well. It is undeniable
that ASF has been shipping all that code for years without any harm,
so that should put an end to very vague doubts about the 
legality of the GPL+licensing exception construct.

Unless there are any objections, and noone else comes forth,
I'll sum up the discussion and make sure that Cliff brings it before 

I could also make a flash demo showing how to prove that the Apache 
Software Foundation is indeed shipping GPL+linking exception licensed 
bits in there, if that would help cut any armchair lawyering short.

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