Re: Eclipse 3.0 Running ILLEGALY on Kaffe
> It is not hard: Some distribution of Eclipse is only encumbered by the
> GPL if it requires a GPLed work to correctly operate. You may have
> some odd version of Eclipse, but the standard releases have no such
While most of what you said seemed perfectly reasonable, this does
Some distribution of Eclipse is encumbered by the GPL if it, that
distribution, includes a copy of a GPL'd work (and it is not mere
aggregation, which this certainly isn't). So shipping Eclipse+Kaffe
is not OK. Shipping Eclipse+otherJVM is fine.
I do not think anyone will disagree with this. Can we now confine
this argument to whether a program distributed as a
package with Depends: jre | java-runtime contains a copy of a package
with Provides: java-runtime?
I'm inclined to say no, that that is not the intended operating state,
merely an incidental of technically compatible packages -- and so even
if Eclipse had a Depends: some-non-kaffe-jvm | java-runtime and Kaffe
a Provides: java-runtime, there would be no conflict with the GPL here.
Brian Sniffen firstname.lastname@example.org