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From Ian Lynch <>
Subject Re: License implications of build-time or test-time dependencies?
Date Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:07:14 GMT
On 21 October 2011 16:01, Herbert Dürr <> wrote:

> On 2011/10/20 11:12 PM, Sam Ruby wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM, Rob Weir<>  wrote:
>>> On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM, Sam Ruby<>
>>>  wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM, Pedro Giffuni<>  wrote:
>>>>> Hmm ...
>>>>> We have discussed some of the things that must be replaced but we have
>>>>> not drawn a roadmap about it beyond the initial migration list. I think
>>>>> will have to open BZ issues for those.
>>>>> The gtk/qt issue is rather critcal: I do not think there is previous
>>>>> history among Apache projects depending on them but if we cannot consider
>>>>> those "system provided" libraries it would be a serious setback to an
>>>>> Apache release.
>>>> I would support allowing C/C++ code to link to gtk and/or qt, provided
>>>> we don't distribute gtk or qt themselves.  Both are LGPL.  The LGPL is
>>>> clear for languages like C, C++.
>>> Clear in what sense?  Dynamic linking and such?
>> Excellent question.  The definition of 'link' is well understood in
>> the context of C/C++.  That's all I meant to say.
>> I'll go further and state that what I said I would support is
>> intentionally limited in scope to only gtk and qt.  Both are commonly
>> distributed with Linux distributions.  Other candidate LGPL licensed
>> dependencies would have to be evaluated separately.
> Who does the evaluation? The PPMC members of the AOOo project?
> The next LGPL library that should be evaluated in that context is CUPS (
>**CUPS <>)
> which is quite essential for printing on many Unix platforms.
> Herbert

I don't want to sound too negative, but if the whole of CUPS and all its
printer definition files have to be re-written (and that is only one
dependency) isn't saying an Apache licensed release in early new year a bit


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