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From Ariel Constenla-Haile <>
Subject Re: GStreamer avmedia plugin as copyleft?
Date Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:46:51 GMT
On Tue, Oct 04, 2011 at 03:12:09PM -0700, Pedro Giffuni wrote:
> > The GStreamer integration doesn't make sense without
> > GStreamer - so we
> > shouldn't build it when no GStreamer libs are available.
> > 
> Agreed.
> > We decided that configure without switches should be the
> > default Apache build. OTOH we didn't agree on linking
> > against lgpl libraries in the system in this default
> > build, so I disabled GStreamer by default (as
> > well as some other copyleft components - there is no
> > difference in that regard between GStreamer and hunspell!).
> There is a *huge* difference here: Hunspell is MPL so we can
> use it. LGPL is category X: we can't use Gstreamer at at. 
> We can keep the MPL stuff around but anything GPL we should
> consider extensions and move to apache-extras. The glue code
> that we can relicense to AL2 we will, of course.

but we are talking here about the GStreamer *plugin*. Just like the gtk
and kde VLC plugins, they have Oracle license, and they are in the
software grant, this means they (will) have Apache License.

If AOOo will build a vanilla Linux version it should be shipped with the
gtk and kde plugins (no desktop integration is a no-go!). Following this
argument, it should also ship the GStreamer integration (here going back
to the Java Media Framework is a no-go!).

Ariel Constenla-Haile
La Plata, Argentina

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