[Accessibility] link to UI Automation Community Promise

Olaf Schmidt ojschmidt at kde.org
Mon Mar 10 03:43:55 PDT 2008


The FAQ for the "Community Promise" mentions possible incompatibilities with 
the GPL.

A very quick reading of the promise seems to reveal at least three likely 
issues that make the promise incompatible with LGPL and GPL:

1. The promise only applies to implementations that fully implement 
the "mandatory provisions".
2. Patents on referenced technologies are excluded
3. Sublicensing seems to be forbidden

I have asked the Software Freedom Law Center for an evaluation of the promise.

If the "Community Promise"  is indeed incompatible with the GPL, then I hope 
the AIA and Novell are willing to work with Microsoft to fix the problems.

Olaf Schmidt

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