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Re: tomcat.deb is illegal in debian

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Nick Moffitt <nick@zork.net> writes:

> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#MereAggregation says:
>     Mere aggregation of two programs means putting them side by side on the
>     same CD-ROM or hard disk. We use this term in the case where they are
>     separate programs, not parts of a single program.  In this case, if one of
>     the programs is covered by the GPL, it has no effect on the other program.
>     Combining two modules means connecting them together so that they form a
>     single larger program. If either part is covered by the GPL, the whole
>     combination must also be released under the GPL--if you can't, or won't,
>     do that, you may not combine them.

I assume you are saying that Tomcat/Apache and Debian become one program at this

I don't think so.  We have a separate distribution for each .deb and I think
that just the fact that we distributed a non-GPL application doesn't mean we
have to stop it's distribution.


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