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From Etienne Gagnon <egag...@sablevm.org>
Subject Re: SableVM? -- ICLA details
Date Thu, 23 Mar 2006 21:58:51 GMT
Leo Simons wrote:
> simple = good :-)


> In any case, if an ASF officer needs to sign legal paperwork that is
> unlike anything the ASF has ever signed before, you'll immediately notice
> a slowdown of all processes since all of a sudden things drop out of
> "internet time". This makes me instinctively dislike any process that
> requires official action by an ASF officer.

OK.  Then we have to find a different solution than going through ICLA/SG.

If SableVM hosted an Apache License 2.0 on http://sablevm.org , then
Harmony could regularly import that code (and modifications) into its
repository.  This would be identical to reusing someone else's BSD or
MIT licensed code, which Harmony already does.

SableVM could also import back Harmony modifications in its svn, so that
both projects keep a synchronized code base, avoiding an unnecessary fork.


- Harmony can still ship as a single, complete piece of software
  including sablevm or parts of it, providing a complete J2SE 5.0
  implementation under AL2 license.

- It is much easier to get Sun's TCK blessing a complete J2SE
  implementation, than having to build the J2SE from distinct, separate
  pieces (i.e. Harmony libs, SableVM vm, other downloadable separately

- Increase cross-project collaboration, without the need for double
  registration of contributors to both project.

- Still allows for mix and matching JCHEVM and SableVM code, as all is
  license compatible.

>>It is very difficult to predict the future of any
>>corporation, be it a private, public, profit or non-profit organization.
> I am happy to predict though that neither Disney nor Microsoft gain control
> over the ASF in the next millenium. It seems a safer bet than the weather :)

I predict the same; yet I know very few people that can truely claim
100% accurate predictions 1000 years in advance...

>> So, I feel very, very uncomfortable to give a blank check to anybody.
> Ok. Never licensed anything under the BSD license, have you? :-)

BSD still forces you to include the copyright and license notice.  This
is much stricter than the ICLA/SG.  :-)

So, how about this new, more modest, yet hopefully simple proposal?


Etienne M. Gagnon, Ph.D.            http://www.info2.uqam.ca/~egagnon/
SableVM:                                       http://www.sablevm.org/
SableCC:                                       http://www.sablecc.org/

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