[KDE/Mac] Binary distribution license check

Mario Fux kde-ml at unormal.org
Sun Apr 13 14:00:14 UTC 2014

Am Sonntag, 13. April 2014, 01.41:44 schrieb Ian Wadham:


> On 13/04/2014, at 8:36 AM, mk-lists at email.de wrote:
> > perhaps this is the wrong list for such a question, but let’s start here
> > first...

[snip: License problem list]
> > I am curious on how typical Linux distributions actually handle these
> > cases.

I just saw that John gave a good answer as well.

> Perhaps you could ask Mario for some contacts of KDE *core* developers[1]
> who also do work for Linux distros.  The OpenSuSE distro would be a good
> hit.  IIRC it has a lot of links with the KDE community and the KDE core
> developers.  Debian would be another good hit.

So if it's still of interest I could ask Sune from Debian about his opinion on 
this. But I think as it's no problem to ship these apps for Linux distros it 
should be ok for Macports as well.

> I know there *are* some, because it was remarked a month or so ago on
> kde-devel that the KDE community relies on such people to find and solve
> any downstream problems that may occur.  This is a piece of serendipity we
> do not currently enjoy in MacPorts (i.e. we do not have any *core* KDE
> developers working on Apple OS X and MacPorts).  If we did, we would not
> have as many problems as we do.  But I believe they do have some core KDE
> developers in the KDE Windows group.

There might be some core developers on the horizon like Harald Fernengel (now 
in CC: ;-) how works on KF5.

> Also I know of a core developer who does work on OpenBSD porting and also
> on the KDE build systems, but I am not sure if OpenBSD is source-only or
> binary.
> Cheers, Ian W.
> P.S.
> Several of the dependencies in the list above are from the well known
> Nepomuk chain.  When we eliminate that chain, some of the problems will
> go away, but you would still be left with the last five items at least,
> which are used by such things as KDE PIM software.
> [1]
> KDE core developers work on libraries, build systems, tools, utilities,
> etc. They have a general mailing list called kde-core-devel (like
> kde-devel but for core developers) and also several specialised lists.


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