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From Jim Winstead <j...@trainedmonkey.com>
Subject Re: [PATCH] ap_add_filter
Date Sun, 20 Aug 2000 22:03:55 GMT
On Aug 20, TOKILEY@aol.com wrote:
> That still doesn't answer the question about will the inclusion
> of ZLIB with Apache source be AOK or not but it's a start.

not up to me. i don't see why there would be a problem.

> What about 'deflate' and 'inflate' which is what ZLIB uses?

deflate (and inflate) are algorithms. well-documented in rfc 1951
(http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc1951.txt). according to the
prevailing wisdom, it is possible to implement those algorithms
without infringing any patents, and the zlib implementation of
them does not infringe any patents.

> ALL of Apache is already open-source and public anyway so why
> should there ever be a concern about dumping GNU code 
> into Apache itself? You have nothing to lose. Or am I still
> totally missing something about ASF license versus GNU?

the gpl restricts recipients of the code from using it in a derivative
product without having to gpl that derivative (it requires people who
use your code to make their code free (and that free quality cascades
out from there to twice/thrice/whatever-removed derivatives)). some
people see that as the gpl's advantage over licenses like what is
used for apache and bsd, some people see it as a disadvantage.

(you know, in writing what i think is a fairly neutral description
of the gpl vs. apache/bsd licenses (a discussion really not worth
getting into here, since as rasmus points out, it has been well-hashed
elsewhere), i almost let a small typo through that would have
changed the whole nature of the paragraph by saying "some people
see it is a disadvantage". words are such tricky business.)

jim

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