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From "William A. Rowe Jr." <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL][VOTE] Subversion
Date Tue, 10 Nov 2009 17:52:39 GMT
Mark Phippard wrote:
> I gave counsel to the Eclipse Foundation and explained that they could
> provide a fully functioning JavaHL library to users with only EPL
> compatible code.  Basically, you just need to build without Neon, BDB
> and libintl support.  Of the three, the only thing an Eclipse client
> user needs is Neon, and Serf serves as a viable replacement.  I do not
> know why they never chose to release a binary built this way.  I can
> only assume that Igor and Polarion did not want to make these
> binaries.

I suspect IBM's ICU lib could be substituted for libintl, and as there is
some traction on the idea of dumping apr-iconv, this would be a sensible
thing (since ICU is the heir apparent for non-iconv based platforms).

I keep reading "The project doesn't release binaries".  Who will, Tigris?
Collab?  Yo momma?  One of the greatest advantages is that committers who
wish to package binaries can do so under the ASF umbrella, something that
in this litigious society I would never consider doing now.

So is the "project doesn't release binaries" mantra a statement about the
past practices, a tacit or explicit contract in bringing this to the ASF,
or just the posters' personal preference?

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