Roadmap for pdf generation with regards to itext
Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:43 AM
I am currrently doing an evaluation for a company which has a requirement to generate pdf reports.
So far the options I shortlisted are Jasper and BIRT, both of them have a dependency on itext to generate pdfs.
Just wondering what the roadmap is for this functionality, now that itext has been licensed agpl it seems to me that this has serious implications for both BIRT and Jasper.
If I am not mistaken, BIRT and jasper are both on the last LGPL version : 2.1.7.
What will happen if there is a bug in itext and the fix is only available in the new agpl licensed version ?
To me this seems like a huge risk, if the BIRT team depends on the next version of itext it would mean that we would either have to open source everything or pay an undisclosed license fee.
So if anybody has any info on this, please share. I really love the BIRT framework and think it's a near perfect match for the requirements at hand. It would be a damn shame if we would go for a different option just because of this.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 05:15 AM