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From Bertrand Delacretaz <>
Subject Re: [MENTORS] Handling Adobe Binaries
Date Wed, 02 May 2012 08:58:02 GMT

On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM, Simon Morvan <> wrote:
> ...Maybe Java JDK needs build tools to be downloaded separately by the
> developper in order to perform some specific task, but with a vanilla JDK,
> without downloading anything else, you can produce a working 'Hello World'....

>From a licensing point of view, I would compare playerglobal.swc with
the Java JDK itself: you have to download it separately, and it is
usually under a more restrictive license than the Apache License.

> ...Without playerglobal.swc, you can't do anything. Having it to be d/l
> separately from Adobe make the Apache Flex SDK broken by design IMHO and
> dangerously dependent on Adobe future decisions regarding those files....

I agree that it's not an ideal situation, that's why I mentioned that
the Flex team might find a better way later, but *for now* this allows
the project to go forward. For now you also need the Flash player
anyway to run Flex apps, and that's not open either, so having to get
those swc files under a different license doesn't make things much
worse right now.


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