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Re: Eclipse 3.0 Running ILLEGALY on Kaffe

On Fri, Jan 14, 2005 at 05:57:54PM +0100, Dalibor Topic wrote:
> Now, before you go off ranting about Kaffe's native libraries, please 
> take a moment to let the fact sink in that while these native libraries 
> are the result of Kaffe developers being a somewhat clever bunch at 
> developing software and having heard about benefits of seperating one's 
> program into sepearte modules, those modules are nevertheless *a part of 
> the interpreter*, and as the copyright law law says, the GPLd 
> interpreter can't impose restrictions on its input. They even get 
> compiled in statically on Debian for debian's kaffe package.

Just a note:

Overall, you've reasoned correctly and presented your points well.

However, in the above paragraph, there's more reasons for this to be the
case than "as the copyright law says".  Copyright law doesn't address
interpreters quite that way.

But this is purely a technical note and is only relevant in more general
contexts.  This does not change the situation you're describing.  As long
as the scope of this discussion is clearly restricted to Eclipse and
Kaffe, there is nothing wrong with what you've said here.



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