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Re: [Fwd: Re: CUPS Arabic support ?]

On Sun, 23 May 2004, Ahmad Khalifa wrote:

> ok, here is how we stand. what should i do ????

Since FriBidi is LGPLed, there should be absolutely no problem
with relicensing CUPS.  That's why FriBidi is LGPLed.
Technically, even Microsoft can ship FriBidi in Windows with no
licensing problem as long as they don't touch the code.  Even if
they touch the code, all they need to do is to give the modified
source code of FriBidi too, but nothing else.


> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: CUPS Arabic support ?
> Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 15:01:06 -0400
> From: Michael Sweet <>
> Organization: Easy Software Products
> Newsgroups: cups.development
> Ahmad Khalifa wrote:
> >
> >
> > the patch is now almost ready, but...
> > we feel that changing the Bidi Engine from
> > minibidi to Fribidi would be better for CUPS.
> >
> > Fribidi is available as an external library and
> > it already comes out-of-the-box in some distros.
> > as the Bidi Algorithm changes over time it would
> > be better to use Fribidi.
> >
> > your opinion on this please ?
> Without knowing the details of the license for Fribidi (do you have
> a link), I can't say.  Any patch that is accepted into CUPS MUST
> allow for relicensing (we license CUPS to third parties like Apple
> who often want additional rights beyond those allowed by the GPL).
> If Fribidi is GPL'd, then we can't use it.