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From Wade Chandler <>
Subject Re: Optional modules with GPL dependencies (was: What to include/exclude in code donation to Apache)
Date Sun, 06 Nov 2016 14:32:21 GMT
On Nov 6, 2016 5:26 AM, "Neil C Smith" <>
> What I'm saying about maintainability is that changes in the internals
> of OpenJDK have the potential to stop nb-javac from functioning.  So,
> while we, the NetBeans community, may be able to manage the code on
> our side, it may also require commitment from Oracle / OpenJDK to not
> break access to internal features that the nb-javac library relies on.
> As I said earlier, this is tangentially related to the license
> argument IMO, because a fudge now to meet the immediate needs of that
> without the agreement of how this plays out into the future to meet
> technical and maintenance concerns feels wrong.
> > Either way, that doesn't make NB less viable. You use
> > it now...
> Yes, but that is not a guarantee this keeps working?!

I totally see your point here, but yes, separate from the license
discussion. I still think NB has this problem now, so nothing changes
there, so what would you do different, right now, even if NB were not going
to Apache? This is why I say we have to iterate. It can't all be done at


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