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From Eike Rathke <>
Subject Hunspell and MPL license
Date Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:41:46 GMT

I was digging a bit into 3rd party licenses for the Hunspell issue and
came across Category B: Reciprocal Licenses in and noted that Hunspell is
tri-licensed also under MPL 1.1 that would be permissive as long as the
code is distributed only in binary form and the NOTICE file labels its
reciprocity, if I understood correctly.

Currently OOo needs Hunspell in source code form only because very few
patches are applied to be able to build it on Solaris, Windows and
MingW, and one patch against a stack smasher. Am I right in assuming
that if Hunspell adapted the upstream version such that these patches
were superfluous, then AOOo would be able to build against a system
Hunspell or on systems where Hunspell is not available or for binary
distributions a build could include a binary of the library if the
proper NOTICE entry is provided? To me this sounds like a solution to
the problem.


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