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Re: Best way to install Java JAR files (java packaging)

Am Montag 26 Mai 2008 schrieb Antonio Ullan:
> Some months ago, I was working on ITP for geogebra
> (http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=447584  (now RFP)
> and then I knew some important issues about geogebra License.

Dear Antonio,

I asked the author of geogebra (Markus H.) about the backgrounds of 
these problems. Very quickly I received a polite and quite 
comprehensive reply. Let me try to paraphrase its contents:

GeoGebra is mostly GPL, but all language files are licensed under CC-NC 
(cf. http://www.geogebra.org/download/license.txt). Another point is 
that it is necessary to sign JAR files in order to feature them as 
WebStart-Applications. But it is not possible to publish the 
corresponding signatures in the CVS. 

Nevertheless, the developers are open towards developers who like to 
contribute or join the team. Packaging however can (as stated above) 
only be done by the core team itself. It is Yves Kreis (yves at g.o) 
who makes the Linux installer, he is the one to address for Debian 

(So far the content of Markus's mail.)

The availability of a WebStart link is quite comfortable and questions 
the necessarity of a local installation. However, offline learners 
would certainly appreciate the existance of a non-web version.

To get into Debian-Main, there should be 100% free subeset of Geogebra 
(no language files, no Webstart signatures) that can be compiled by 
anybody, shouldn't it?

Kind regards

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