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[eclipse.org-committers] Re: About Abouts

To add some further detail about my role in this:

For any plug-ins that do not contain any third-party code or any other
notices about cryptography, etc., and are licensed entirely under the EPL,
you can replace them with this new About:


Any "special" Abouts with third-party content or any special notices will
need to be handle correctly.  I "own" many of these for projects in
Callisto and for any new projects that I have not dealt with before that
are part of Callisto, I am volunteering to "own" them.  "Own" means I will
update them and send them to the EMO for approval and then to the teams for
committing.  Note that while we do want to update the Abouts for the
reasons Mike outlined below, I would also like to take this opportunity to
correct some of the Abouts that are missing some attribution and other
small details.  You will receive new files from me before May 12th.

For projects other than Callisto that need help, please feel free to
contact me for assistance.


Adrian Cho
Manager, Intellectual Property
IBM Ottawa Lab
External: (613) 726-5536
Tie:  654-5536

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First, apologies for the spam. This email is directed to those folks who
are involved in leading and/or release management for projects that need to
know about the "About.html" files that we include in plug-in distributions.

The IP Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors has advised us that we
should update the content of the About files. The new templates make the
licensing clearer for redistributors of Eclipse software. We have just
posted new templates for these files that we would like to have everyone
use for the Callisto Release. (E.g. please switch to these new templates
for your very next release.)

The major difference is that there are now two templates:
   1. a simple version for all-EPL licensed plug-ins; and
   2. a longer version for those plug-ins which contain content which is
      not EPL-licensed.
Now, before panic sets in, I'm very happy to let everyone know that Adrian
Cho has kindly volunteered his time to ensure that all the Callisto
projects have the right About file format. For any other projects who have
a tight deadline coming up and could use some help, Adrian has furthered
volunteered to help them as well. We really appreciate his willingness to
help everyone out. His email address is above.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call or send me an email.

Mike Milinkovich
Executive Director,
Eclipse Foundation, Inc.
Office: 613-224-9461 x228
Cell: 613-220-3223

blog: http://milinkovich.blogspot.com/