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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Hunspell and MPL license
Date Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:29:53 GMT
On 19 July 2011 19:41, Eike Rathke <> wrote:
> 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.

Good find. You do understand correctly. Although please note that the
page you link to is an earlier draft kept for reference only. The
official document is linked from the header of that page and can be
found at (specifically for MPL
you need )


> 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.
>  Eike
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Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
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