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From "Ate Douma (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-279) Apache NetBeans optional Java cluster depending on external GPLv2+CPE nb-javac module
Date Tue, 08 Nov 2016 07:58:58 GMT

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Ate Douma commented on LEGAL-279:

Thanks all for the quick turnaround!
[~clr2k] Can I conclude and resolve this issue with your positive and binding yes on the question?

> 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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