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Re: GPL-licensed packages with depend-chain to OpenSSL

Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org> schrieb/wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 05, 2004 at 08:56:00PM +0200, Claus Färber wrote:
>> Well, if you have different choices even on a single operating
>> system, this is an *indication* that it's not a part of the software
>> distributed but a component of the execution environment.

> There's no connection at all.  Debian has multiple choices for bible
> study software and Doom.

They don't share a common ABI for other programs.

The interface used between two software programs is the crucial factor
for the decision whether they form a single product with multiple
modules or different products that can just "talk" to each other.

Multiple different implementations of the same interface are an
indication that the interface is more generic and this, in turn, means
that they are more likely to have to be considered separate products.

(If they are separate, it does not actually matter if the other product
is part of the operating system or just any other product; however it
often will be the OS.)


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