Subject: Re: Compatibility of the ASL and LGPL in the specific case of Java WAS: (Re: What about LGPL? Re: Compatibility of the AFL with the GPL)
From: "Andrew C. Oliver" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 19:52:36 -0500

Hi Brian,

Thank you for taking time to reply.

> The Apache Software Foundation takes a cautious stance on the matter, that
> says you can't assume that all authors who release code under the LGPL
> will interpret it to allow the kind of combination you are asking about.
> If those authors *do* allow it, then I'd imagine the ASF board would
> accept that in that situation.  If the FSF gave a favorable
> interpretation, we might relax the restriction generally, on the notion
> that authors generally follow the precedents the FSF sets in their
> interpretations.

This is precisely why I'm asking for this clarification.  I would like 
to see this restriction relaxed generally.

>>Furthermore, I would like to see this cleared up so that Java folks who
>>believe in OpenSource and Free Software can work together whenever minds
> We do too!  Which is why we're hoping for GPL compatability in Apache
> license v2.

That would be nice.  Especially since it would allow us to work with the 
KOffice folks.  They were interested in compiling POI via GCJ/Classpath 
and maybe poi'd just be the filter for KOffice.  It was judged to be too 
legally precarious to mess with.  A resolution of that issue would be 
nice. .  Of course...that is assuming the ASLv2 ever comes out ;-)



> 	Brian
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