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From Ralph Goers <Ralph.Go...@dslextreme.com>
Subject Re: Proposed header text at the top of each LICENSE file
Date Tue, 29 Nov 2005 01:34:19 GMT
As I read this it is not at all clear to me that you and Cliff are 
talking about the same thing.  It seems you (Jeffrey) are mostly 
addressing code that resides in Apache's svn repository (at least, that 
is the way it appears), while Cliff is speaking mostly about the 
dependencies Apache projects have upon code outside of Apache.  AFAIK, 
code under the GPL/LGPL and EPL all have dependencies on code outside 
their projects too.  For example, almost everything using XML depends on 
Xerces. The license file for JBoss 3.2.6 lists several licenses 
including BSD, mozilla, bouncycastle, sleepycat and several from sun.  
However, one can presume that as a whole they are all compatible with 
the LGPL.

That, I believe, is where we need to be.  While each project might have 
many dependepencies with varying licenses, they all need to be 
"compatible" with the Apache license.  However, when I see projects like 
Agila that have project.xml files with explicit dependencies on LGPL'd 
code I have to believe something is wrong.  That is, unless we consider 
the LGPL and Apache license to be compatible.


Jeffrey Thompson wrote:

> However, as a "user", license proliferation is a real pain in the 
> xxxxx.  I don't see that getting any better any time soon.  At the 
> very least, we should be able to depend on some of the key FOSS 
> organizations to try to keep a handle on things.  When I go to FSF, I 
> know that I'm getting GPL/LGPL code.  When I go to Eclipse, I expect 
> the code to be EPL.  It would be nice if we could keep the assumption 
> that Apache is ASL (possibly except for clearly marked exceptions). 
>  If that's not the case, things are indeed going downhill fast.

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