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From "Henri Yandell (Jira)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-488) Bundling GPL+CPE (OpenJDK) into convenience binaries.
Date Fri, 08 Nov 2019 18:03:00 GMT

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Henri Yandell commented on LEGAL-488:

Thanks Laszlo. 

The license of OpenJDK (GPL) requires that you provide the source code of OpenJDK when distributing
it. It's not 100% clear all of the methods that are allowed, but the classics ones are:

1) Include it in the actual distribution. 
2) Include a written offer to provide it for 3 years (not a great one for us imo)
3) Provide it from the same location as the binary.

I was wondering if OpenJDK would also accept:

4) Pointing to the OpenJDK source location, with the proviso that the NetBeans PMC are responsible
for fixing that link if the OpenJDK source location changes. 

GPL doesn't state that this is an allowed method, but it feels like it's to the benefit of
OpenJDK and OpenJDK's users as it reduces the possibility that an important message from OpenJDK
is lost because folk are only coming to NetBeans for their OpenJDK source. It is also much
simpler to manage on our side.

> Bundling GPL+CPE (OpenJDK) into convenience binaries.
> -----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-488
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-488
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Laszlo Kishalmi
>            Priority: Major
> Apache NetBeans is a big Java based Desktop application. In order to run it needs a JDK.
> The OpenJDK is licensed GPL+CPE, as we read the CPE it would allow to bundle the JDK
with NetBeans as an executable.
> We have installers, hosted on Apache infrastructure that could benefit from this. We
also have a Snap package which is not hosted, but build on the Apache infrastructure. I do
not know if that matters or not, that's why  I mention it here.
> Also not being able to produce an out-of-the box convenience binaries is kind of hurts
our brand in a way that third party vendors are free to do that.
> So what's the Legals opinion about bundling OpenJDK in the convenience binaries?

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