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From "Laszlo Kishalmi (Jira)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-488) Bundling GPL+CPE (OpenJDK) into convenience binaries.
Date Sun, 10 Nov 2019 23:43:00 GMT

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Laszlo Kishalmi commented on LEGAL-488:

As a special exception, the copyright holders of this library give you
 permission to link this library with independent modules to produce an
 executable, regardless of the license terms of these independent modules,
 and to copy and distribute the resulting executable under terms of your
 choice, provided that you also meet, for each linked independent module,
 the terms and conditions of the license of that module. An independent
 module is a module which is not derived from or based on this library. If
 you modify this library, you may extend this exception to your version of
 the library, but you are not obligated to do so. If you do not wish to do
 so, delete this exception statement from your version.

My reading of this: "link this library with independent modules to produce an executable"
the executable are the convenience binaries, as we take our modules and link with OpenJDK,
we do not modify the OpenJDK itself.
So this special exception give us the permission to *copy and distribute* the resulting *executable*:
OpenJDK and our NetBeans jars, *under the terms of our choice*.

We could do it as long as we meet the licensing conditions of each linked independent module.
Thanks to Apache we really care about meeting these licenses when including them to NetBeans,
so we shall be fine with this.


All with this, I just would like to avoid the situation to ask something from OpenJDK which
they think is already provided by the Classpath Exception. Though I can ask them again if
my reading of the CPE is correct or we shall do something more.

> 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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