[kaffe] [RFC] Upcoming Apache Software Foundation License changes
robilad at kaffe.org
Sun Nov 16 17:40:03 PST 2003
excuse me for cross-posting the following e-mail to so many diverse
projects. As I'm subscribed to all those projects mailing lists, I was
surprised to notice a lack of discussion on the effect of the upcoming
Apache Software Foundation (ASF) license changes  on them.
Most of you know ASF for their great work on free java software. ASF is
increasingly becoming the testbed, and reference implementation provider
for Java APIs, which end up in the implementations provided by Sun. The
ASF is trying to modify its licenses to ensure GPL compatibility on one
hand, and satisfy JSPA (Java Specification Participation Agreement) 
requirements on the other hand, among other goals.
A new set of licenses replaces the single Apache license by 3 separate
licenses, that inted to cover general Apache projects , reference
implementation of a JSR (Java Specification Request) , and testing
compatibility kits (TCKs) of a JSR .
As many of you are involved in projects that provide free
implementations of parts of the runtime environment for Java programs,
it would be nice if you could take some time to comment on the proposed
licenses to the Apache license discussion mailing list. Instructions how
to join that mailing list are povided on , the archives are on .
The effect of the upcoming ASF license change *could* be beneficial to
the free software java world and the ASF wants to achieve that. The
availability of RIs and TCKs under a liberal license seems particularly
attractive to free software Java projects.
You can help fixing problems with the next apache licenses if you take
some time to comment on them. If you intend to so so, make sure to
submit your comment today. Yes, today is the last day, therefore you get
this cross-posted e-mail, and so on. Anyway, comment on what you
percieve as problematic, and your grandgrandchildren may thank you ;)
For another take on this issue, please take a look at Mark Wielaard's
(GNU Classpath maintainer) reply  to an earlier version of this RFC
sent to the debian-java mailing list, who asks developers to take a look
at the RI and TCK licenses, as the ASF hasn't received many comments on
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