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From "Henri Yandell (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-279) Apache NetBeans optional Java cluster depending on external GPLv2+CPE nb-javac module
Date Mon, 07 Nov 2016 16:54:58 GMT

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Henri Yandell commented on LEGAL-279:

It's relevant in that it's a good test to add to my list. Is there a reasonable/valuable alternative?
Where we should take the long view on reasonable. For example implementing our own 'spec'
jars from the BCL'd APIs was reasonable given the level of effort needed (moderately low)
and level of value to the public (high).

> 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
> 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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