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Re: [dsdp-pmc] FW: webkit4swt status - CQ rejected due to LGPL dependency

Thanks, Wayne, I'll continue to pursue through the channels I've been going through. The rumors you speak of aren't rumors and I'll see if I can twist some arms :). BTW, I interpreted the Foundation's comments that they wanted two CQ's one for WebKit, and one for the EPL parts, and not as an outright rejection. But I may have been missing some of the communication.

Doug S.

On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 9:35 AM, Wayne Parrott <wayne@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Everyone,
This is a quick summary of the CQ to include a WebKit4SWT contribution that my team has developed and been using for the past 10 months. One of our Blinki project goals has been to leverage webkit4swt to provide the foundation for a mobile web tooling framework. When we submitted the CQ we knew the WebKit LGPL code was most likely out of scope due to Eclipse policy to avoid hosting GPL/LGPL code. But we proceeded with the effort as a formality to see if there has been any relaxation of the policy (we heard rumors that LGPL may be accepted at some point). We were politely informed that the webkit LGPL code was a concern and we agreed to close the CQ since we have a fallback plan of hosting the framework outside of Eclipse.
Our relationship and interaction with the foundation has been professional and cordial in everyway regarding the webkit4swt CQ. We are moving forward to bring a webkit solution to Eclipse within the current policies and practices.
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Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 8:00 AM
Subject: Re: [dsdp-pmc] FW: webkit4swt status - CQ rejected due to LGPL dependency

Sorry guys for butting in, but I'm a little confused by what happened with this CQ. Was it rejected off-line? I didn't actually see it stated that it was rejected, just closed.

I've had discussions with Foundation staff and it was my understanding that there was a chance that WebKit could be approved. The platform team, actually more the vendors using the platform, have had no end of issues with Mozilla's XUL and I was suggesting that WebKit would be a better replacement and we could standardize on it for the three major OSes we support.

I'm just wondering if we've given up too easily here.


On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 8:39 AM, Gaff, Doug <doug.gaff@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

FYI for the PMC


Wayne, perhaps you should update the PMC on what will be done in Eclipse vs. at the git repository?


From: blinki-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blinki-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Wayne Parrott
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 9:44 PM
To: blinki-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [blinki-dev] webkit4swt status - CQ rejected due to LGPL dependency


This is a quick update on the status of the webkit4swt OSS contribution. The CQ has been rejected due to a strong LGPL dependency of WebKit. This outcome was not totally unexpected due to long standing Eclipse policies regarding this type of license. There are no hard feelings from this team as we have a good Plan-B. We pursued this approach as we wanted to go through the proper procedures to ensure that we give this project our best effort.


Our Plan-B is to host webkit4swt on a new GIT repository. That repo is being prepared this week and we should soon be able to move forward with this OSS effort.




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