Bug#596511: ITP: simon -- Open source speech recognition
Am 2010-09-21 22:39, schrieb Simon Josefsson:
You are right:
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.
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
Interestingly, the japanese sourceforge page lists Julius license as
"OSI Approved, Other/Proprietary License".
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