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Bug#596511: ITP: simon -- Open source speech recognition

 Am 2010-09-21 22:39, schrieb Simon Josefsson:
Also, any external GPL code that Simon links to needs to have the same
exception.  Is there any external GPL code?
Well of course - KDE.
I believe kdelibs is LGPL, so maybe you are OK.  It depends on what
parts of KDE is used.
You are right: http://developer.kde.org/documentation/licensing/licensing.html

Only the server links to Julius which is kdecore but in the current implementation it might link to kdeui through simonscenarios (which should be split in the future in a separate non gui part).

Other than that, we don't link to anything on the server afaik (Qt is LGPL).

This is getting ridiculously frustrating. It's not that I don't think
it's an important issue but I guess if you'd gather all involved
parties and ask them if the current setup would be ok I am pretty sure
everyone would agree. Oh well I guess that just comes with the
I know the pain, I've ended up rewriting several projects because of
license problems with earlier implementations.  What I have learned is
that you should react to license issues as soon as possible, or you'll
end up investing a lot of work into something that needs to be

I obviously can't hack this into simon 0.3.0 but for the next version,
would it help if I split the Julius-interfacing part into a plugin
that doesn't link to KDE? This would be the easiest option in my
opinion but  as I understand it it would mean to distribute the plugin

If Julius is not "free" in Debian eyes this would mean that simon
becomes pretty much useless to be honest.
I don't really have an opinion whether it is free or not yet, but it
looks complicated.
Interestingly, the japanese sourceforge page lists Julius license as "OSI Approved, Other/Proprietary License".

Best regards,

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