[dmd-beta] [OT] D2 Descent

Steve Schveighoffer schveiguy at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 10 05:55:42 PST 2011

I have a pretty good feeling Walter would have no problem relicensing the front end if it meant D was included in a major IDE like Eclipse.


From: Andrew Wiley <debio264 at gmail.com>
To: Discuss the dmd beta releases for D <dmd-beta at puremagic.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: [dmd-beta] [OT] D2 Descent

On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM, Jacob Carlborg <doob at me.com> wrote:
> Yes, it's open source. It's based the DMD frontend, I think it's basically a
> Java port of the  frontend. But in the long run it's hard to maintain,
> constantly need to keep up with DMD and port the changes.
> Actually I don't know how that is working out with the licenses. DMD fronten
> is GPL and Eclipse is EPL and they're not compatible

Eclipse plugins can and have been published under almost every
license. The fact that it's not EPL just means it won't be officially
adopted by the Eclipse foundation, even if it ever reaches the level
of maturity required.
If you want to see the crazy licensing at work, take a look at
Subversive, the official Eclipse Subversion plugin. The plugin itself
is hosted at Eclipse, but the Subversion connectors that make it
actually work have to be hosted off site and installed separately
because the licenses don't match.
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