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From "Noel J. Bergman" <>
Subject RE: Harmony: project purpose
Date Sat, 07 May 2005 03:10:32 GMT
Simon Kitching wrote:

> legally isn't it impossible for a GPL'd project and an
> ASF'd project to *have* "synergies"?

Not at all.  Individual authors may contribute their own original works, and
do not give up that right.  Furthermore, we can design architectures and
interface specifications that permit pluggability while isolating client
code from the implementation (and license) of the pluggable.  Think how JDBC
or JNDI isolate the code from the service provider classes.  That doesn't
solve distribution issues caused by licensing, but it does address a coding

Right now we're putting a structure -- process and community -- in place.
The goal is to work WITH others.  As with all other ASF projects, we'll be
very careful about provenance when accepting code.

The Apache Harmony Project is about finding the "harmonics" -- projects and
people with whom to collaborate -- bring them together.  And don't forget
that we have a bunch of harmonics here already.  JNDI code with the
Directory project.  JDBC code with Derby.  Regex code in Jakarta.  APR.
Lots of really good and usable code.  And we already have other people
recommending additional harmonics to work with us.  And some of the
synergies have just amazing potential.

	--- Noel

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