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From Andrea Pescetti <>
Subject Re: Convenience Binary Policy
Date Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:28:25 GMT
On 23/10/2014 brane wrote:
> On 22.10.2014 03:02, Justin Mclean wrote:
>> You may possibly be forgetting about Category B licensed
>> dependancies. These may only be included in binary form in an
>> Apache product. ...
> I have trouble visualising how any ASF project could have
> /mandatory/ dependencies on anything from the B-list.

If I understand correctly, we are speaking about optional dependencies 
rather than mandatory dependencies. But the distinction, especially if 
you look at the information Dennis already discussed, might not always 
be clear: for OpenOffice, one of those dependencies is the spell checker 
(external library, Hunspell).

So: our source release can perfectly come without a spell checker, 
builds fine and works. Technically this is an "optional" dependency and 
everything is correct and in accordance with the ASF rules. Still, for a 
user it would be quite problematic if we removed the spell checker from 
the convenience binaries... So this is not mandatory but it's still a 
"must have" for our final users, and given the OpenOffice audience it 
totally makes sense that the project recommends a convenience binary 
that already comes with some optional features included.


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