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From Rasmus Lerdorf <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] ap_add_filter
Date Sun, 20 Aug 2000 21:45:18 GMT
> 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.
> If someone dumped a filter into Apache code base TOMORROW
> that simply had re-written ZLIB code in it is that perfectly
> acceptable or would there be any issues at all to talk about?
> In other words... is it a total GREEN light or is the light
> still YELLOW on this one?
> What about 'deflate' and 'inflate' which is what ZLIB uses?
> I thought that was pure GNU stuff?
> Doesn't that make ZLIB a 'derivative' work and doesn't that
> mean all of ZLIB is still, technically, GNU?

>From the zlib README:

" The library has been entirely written by Jean-loup Gailly and Mark
  Adler; it does not include third-party code."

There is no GNU code in zlib.

> 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?

This has been discussed many times both here and other places.  I suggest
a web search on BSD vs. GPL.  We don't need the start of yet another
license war.


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