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From Ate Douma <...@douma.nu>
Subject Fwd: [jira] [Created] (LEGAL-279) Apache NetBeans optional Java cluster depending on external GPLv2+CPE nb-javac module
Date Sun, 06 Nov 2016 21:50:07 GMT
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Subject: [jira] [Created] (LEGAL-279) Apache NetBeans optional Java cluster 
depending on external GPLv2+CPE nb-javac module
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:48:00 +0000 (UTC)
From: Ate Douma (JIRA) <jira@apache.org>
Reply-To: legal-discuss@apache.org
To: legal-discuss@apache.org

Ate Douma created LEGAL-279:
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              Summary: Apache NetBeans optional Java cluster depending on 
external GPLv2+CPE nb-javac module
                  Key: LEGAL-279
                  URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-279
              Project: Legal Discuss
           Issue Type: Question
             Reporter: Ate Douma


The Apache NetBeans incubator project is asking for an answer from the Apache 
Legal Affairs Committee to the following question:
{quote}
   Is the Apache NetBeans project allowed to develop and release
   optional "Java cluster" modules which depends on the external category-X 
(GPLv2+CPE) licensed nb-javac module?
NetBeans users who wants to use these optional "Java cluster" modules will be 
required to provide for or install the nb-javac module themselves.
{quote}

The proposed solution and the above question, as well as possible alternative 
solutions, have been discussed at length \[1] on the project dev@ list, with a 
latest summary by me at \[2].

The nb-javac module is a NetBeans specific fork of the Java JDK Java compiler, 
and is explicitly excluded by Oracle from the NetBeans code donation to Apache.
The NetBeans optional Java cluster modules (for example the Java Editor) have an 
direct compile and runtime dependency on the nb-javac module (api and 
implementation).

While Java is an important optional module for NetBeans, and many NetBeans users 
do use/need it for Java development support, it is not part of the NetBeans core.
NetBeans also has many users not using or needing the Java support, for example 
for C/C++, Javascript or PHP development, or when using NetBeans as platform for 
other products.

The proposed solution, requiring end users to install the Category-X nb-javac 
module themselves, only if they want to use the NetBeans Java cluster modules, 
assumes that the Java cluster modules may be regarded as "optional" as explained 
at \[3].

\[1] 
https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/16b99577a9b219e87ff1b1bcd22edd2f2faf105f338d025350126d22@%3Cdev.netbeans.apache.org%3E
\[2] 
https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/7ebc9ae9d6e5fceced128768f6cf312e837348cc66c3fafde02cd666@%3Cdev.netbeans.apache.org%3E
\[3] http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#optional



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