Re: Eclipse 3.0 Running ILLEGALY on Kaffe
Michael Poole <email@example.com> wrote:
> Walter Landry writes:
> > When Debian puts Eclipse into main, Debian is distributing Eclipse to
> > be used with Kaffe. When it is in contrib, Debian is distributing
> > Eclipse to be used by something outside of main.
> To the extent the first part is true, the second part is false. Also
> to the extent the first part is true, it is irrelevant to the GPL.
> To use an example that should be clearer: According to your argument,
> when Debian puts <GPL-incompatible package X> into main, Debian is
> distributing <package X> to be used with Linux. If that is true, when
> <package X> is in contrib, Debian is still distributing <package X> to
> be used with Linux. That OS Y provides a Linux personality is
This is something that I am still considering . I am not ignoring
the point, I just haven't come up with a self-consistent solution.
> Debian also distributes GPL-incompatible documentation in PDF format.
> To the best of my knowledge, the only packages in main that can
> display PDFs are licensed under the GPL. Why does this not create the
> same kind of "whole work" capture effect? PDF may not have the
> language flexibility of Java, but it has programmable features.
Unless there exist printers that can print raw PDF, I think you have a
point. Do you have any idea how many of these PDF's there are?
Converting them to postscript would solve the problem, since there are
many printers that handle raw postscript.