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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Category-B tarballs in SVN (was Re: External libraries)
Date Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:31:53 GMT
On 13 January 2012 16:28, Rob Weir <> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM, Ross Gardler
> <> wrote:
>> Sent from my mobile device, please forgive errors and brevity.
>> On Jan 13, 2012 4:02 PM, "Andre Fischer" <> wrote:
>>> On 13.01.2012 16:25, Ross Gardler wrote:
>>>> For what it is worth, I agree with Joe here. The question is whether
>> there
>>>> is a valid reason to keep them here.
>>> I don't know if the reasons are valid.  We are trying to find a
>> pragmatical solution that is a good compromise for the different
>> requirements of the ASF, the OpenOffice developers/community, and the
>> OpenOffice users:
>>> - For the ASF we use no code under category X license and try to use as
>> little code under category B license.
>>> - For the users we want to retain as many features as possible.
>>> - For the developers we want to make development as accessible as
>> possible.
>> Why is it necessary to include source rather than just binaries?
> With C/C++ code, binaries are built from source, and the source has to
> come from somewhere.  If there is a need to fix a security problem, we
> need ready access to the source.  The binaries alone would not be
> sufficient.

This is a modification of the code, which I was told earlier in this
thread was not the case we were discussing. Is this a hypothetical or
an actual situation? Why can't this situation be managed via the
upstream project?

> Also look at this from the perspective of a downstream consumer who is
> porting the product to another platform.  The binaries would be of
> zero use to them,since the binaries would not be compiled for their
> platform.  But having the source archives for the dependencies readily
> available, that is exactly what a porter would need.

Why does the source have to come from AOO?


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