Re: Eclipse 3.0 Running ILLEGALY on Kaffe
Brian Thomas Sniffen writes:
> Michael Poole <email@example.com> writes:
> > Brian Thomas Sniffen writes:
> >> But what ends up on the user's Debian system when he types "apt-get
> >> install eclipse; eclipse" is a program incorporating a JVM and many
> >> libraries. Debian's not just distributing Eclipse or just
> >> distributing Kaffe -- the idea is that we'll be distributing the
> >> Debian OS which includes both, linked together.
> > Setting aside the trademark question, what ends up on the user's
> > Debian system when he types "apt-get install mozilla-firefox;
> > mozilla-firefox" is a program incorporating a GPLed kernel with
> > incompatibly licensed application code. Why is that any different
> > from what you describe?
> Linus specifically documented that he understood this issue and didn't
> consider the GPL to restrict what programs could be run on top of a
> kernel, so long as they used standard interfaces.
The Kaffe folks have specifically stated that they understand the
issue and don't consider the GPL to restrict Java programs that just
happen to run on top of Kaffe -- again, so long as they use standard
interfaces. So, again, why is Kaffe different in this respect than
> But why do you think RMS is so keen to have a working, FSF-owned Hurd?
NIH syndrome. What is your explanation?