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Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 14:47:57 +0200

David Kastrup wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov <> writes:
> > David Kastrup wrote:
> > [...]
> >> Uh, the GPL also has the backing of IBM.
> >
> > Yeah. Apart from contributing to just few GPL'd projects for strategic
> > reasons, it is no secret that IBM treats [L]GPL'd code like a kind of
> > toxic waste. The general rule is "seek for alternative". The preferred
> > license for IBM's own open source is the CPL.
> Reality check: IBM invested billions into Linux, including donating
> JFS and mainframe ports.

Amount in billions aside for a moment, yes, Linux is one those few
GPL'd projects. For a more complete reality check, I suggest you ask 
IBM for a copy or two of OSSC guidelines.


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