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Re: Eclipse 3.0 Running ILLEGALY on Kaffe

Brian Thomas Sniffen <bts@alum.mit.edu> writes:

>> 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
>> requirement.
> While most of what you said seemed perfectly reasonable, this does
> not.
> 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.

Your definition of "include" appears to be a little broader than the
one most of us use.

> 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.

You're starting to make sense.

Måns Rullgård

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