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From Bertrand Delacretaz <bdelacre...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [MENTORS] Handling Adobe Binaries
Date Thu, 26 Apr 2012 07:22:25 GMT
Hi Alex,

On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 2:36 AM, Alex Harui <aharui@adobe.com> wrote:
> ....We discovered yesterday that playerglobal.swc is not under MPL and is still under
Adobe license.  Same for the AIR SDK....

What's that Adobe license exactly? URL?

> ...I want to check my understanding of how to handle these binaries....

I'll try that assuming that Adobe license does not allow us to
redistribute those files.

>
>  1.  We still cannot check these into Apache Flex SVN because we don’t have permission
from Adobe to do so.
>  2.  We cannot put them in either a source or binary distribution because we don’t
have permission from Adobe to do so.

Both correct IMO.

>  3.  Since these are required files, we cannot download them as part of the build script.

Not automatically, but if the user needs to take active action to
confirm that they accept using those files, and us encouraging them to
do so is not illegal, the build could download them.

However, if Flex cannot work without them we have a problem - required
dependencies of an Apache product must have compatible licenses.

If you can document (in JIRA I'd say) what makes you consider those
files as build tools, that relaxes some of the licensing requirements
as described at http://apache.org/legal/resolved.html#build-tools

>  4.  FlashBuilder currently expects an SDK to be a folder tree contain a set of SWCs
some of which are a result of
> compiling the Apache Flex code, but one is, for example, playerglobal.swc.  Can we tell
folks to take the source
> distribution and unzip it into the same folder tree as playerglobal.swc?  Or does that
go into dangerous territory
> where it would be confusing to someone as to what the license is for various files after
the source distribution
+ is unzipped?...

I'll try to rephrase to make sure I understand - IIUC someone needs to
tell people to unpack the Apache Flex source distribution and mix that
with other files which do not come from Apache, in order to use
FlashBuilder which is an external tool that does not belong to us.

I don't see a problem, we are just providing instructions about how
people can make use of Apache Flex in the FlashBuilder context, as a
convenience to them.

>  5.  Are the rules for a convenience binary distribution different?  Could we instruct
folks to unzip the binary into
> the same folder tree as playerglobal.swc?

We can IMO, in the same way.

-Bertrand

-Bertrand

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