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Re: Adding BBDB 3 core to Emacs

From: Roland Winkler
Subject: Re: Adding BBDB 3 core to Emacs
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:02:44 -0600

On Sat Nov 21 2015 Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> Didn't BBDB have some copyright issues that precluded its
> distribution with Emacs or under the same license?  (Apologies if
> I'm misremembering.)

No, you are perfectly right.  BBDB v2 *did* have copyright issues.
BBDB v3 on savannah.nongnu.org is essentially a complete rewrite,
where all authors who contributed new code to BBDB v3 assigned their
copyright to the FSF.  This covers the core of BBDB v3.  A few loose
ends include add-ons to the core of BBDB which survived the upgrade
to v3.  Now the question is how to deal with the current situation.
The proposal is to integrate the core of BBDB v3 more tightly with
GNU Emacs, yet there is more than one option for this: either the
core of BBDB becomes part of GNU Emacs itself or it goes into GNU
Elpa.  (In either case the "loose ends" can stay in
savannah.nongnu.org till hopefully one day their cases are resolved,
too.  But that's obviously less urgent.)


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