Common Public License (CPL)

George Kraft gk4 at
Fri Mar 3 15:39:05 GMT 2006

This past January 10th I released IBM TTS SDK on that
open sourced eci.h and a stub library (no runtime) for GNU/Linux
distributions and applications to build with.

Currently, if a blind user purchases the IBM TTS Runtime and installs
it, then applications like KTTS, gnome-speech, speech dispatcher, and
emacspeak won't find it because they were not originally compiled with
it; however, the SDK is intended to resolve that by providing a header
file and dummy library for the developers/distributors to compile with
it.  The alternative is that blind end-users would need to recompile
portions of their desktop.

The reason that I am writing is that I am getting some resistance
regarding SDK's CPL license.  It is my understanding that CPL is similar
to LGPL in that it is not "viral" like GPL.  Applications should be able
to use a CPL header file and link to a CPL stub library and be fine.
If KDE could add CPL to the license list, then KTTS and other
accessibility applications could take advantage of SDK to better enable
the desktop.


George (gk4)

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