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From "William A. Rowe Jr." <>
Subject Re: A little OOo history
Date Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:37:22 GMT
On 6/7/2011 3:17 PM, Simon Brouwer wrote:
> The installation packages contain code from a considerable number of
> "external" libraries (i.e. third party ones that are developed in their own projects,
> copyright Oracle and have mostly LGPL license). So this would not be allowed for releases
> by the podling?

Binaries under category A or B license would be permitted, compiled from
releases under their original project.  We like to avoid forks (and don't
fork category B licenses such as MPL).  Category X licensed components
cannot be shipped by the ASF, which includes LGPL.

I entirely expect that LO today could not be shipped by the ASF.  There
is, as we have hinted, room to take LO further than OOo can be allowed,
given our licensing guidelines.  There is also the concept of optional
dependencies, where the ASF software is capable of interfacing to some
category x component, but the ASF does not complete that connection, and
allows the packager/distributor to elect to do so.  Support in httpd
for mysql, oracle db, freetds, postgresql, gdbm and berkely db all fall
into this category (and the package supports sqlite and sdbm to name
two examples of this optional functionality implemented in AL compatible

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