[Kaffe] can the classpath project be used with Kaffe.

Moses DeJong dejong at cs.umn.edu
Tue Feb 9 23:40:36 PST 1999

On Wed, 10 Feb 1999, Alex Nicolaou wrote:

> Moses DeJong wrote:
> [snip]
> > "linking" terminology in the GPL. I am facing this situation right
> > now as I am currently working on a replacement for the
> > sun.tools.jar.Main program that I would like see added to both the
> > Kaffe and Classpath projects.
> You're safe. Contribute it to the Classpath project, then import it into
> Kaffe. The LGPL that it is under as part of Classpath allows you to
> convert it to GPL when you bring it under the Kaffe umbrella. Don't
> contribute it the other way around - the licensing does not allow you to
> convert GPL to LGPL.

Oh, that is a good point. I had forgotten about that whole "assign the
copyright" thing.
> Of course to give it to the Classpath people you have to assign the
> copyright to the FSF so that they can sue you or anyone else if they
> don't follow the license.

Hah, that's a laugh. Just about anyone that has been working with
Java for the last couple of years knows many "details" of the Sun
implementation without ever seeing the source code. Just open up
Kaffe's bin/jar script and you will have violated Sun's NDA :)


> You also have to meet Classpath's rather stringent requirements for
> being a "clean" contributor, which might be hard since you know
> the classname you are replacing (sun.tools.jar.Main) which you
> are unlikely to have discovered without either licensing code
> from Sun or violating their license, or reading material by someone who
> has done one or both of those. Check it out with the Classpath people.
> alex

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