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An application has a few links, where it needs to open a browser window. Does this mean the browser is a dependency and a liscence for the browser is needed?

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    Are you distributing the browser with your application?
    – Brandin
    Sep 29 '20 at 12:56
  • No.I am not distributing any browser.User can use any but I will recommend then chromium(not chrome) due to some reason. Sep 30 '20 at 7:18
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If you bundle a browser (or one of its components, such as the gecko engine) as part of your application or force the user to install it, it's a dependency like any other component your application might use.

Otherwise, it's not a dependency, at least not in the traditional sense - people who use the application can decide what browser to install, or, in theory, could even implement one on their own.

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  • My app will require users to have a browser but it can be any browser. Sep 28 '20 at 8:58
  • It will basically have an option open in browser. Sep 28 '20 at 9:05
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    That sounds like a similar style of "dependency" as "runs on linux" or "runs on windows" - a prerequisite but not a dependency in a license sense. (yes, I know this statement of mine can be nit-picked due to licensing of foundation libraries of the OS etc) Sep 28 '20 at 11:10
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    If the software needs a browser to be present in order to function, then that is a dependency in the traditional sense. If that browser is not part of the installed package, but something the user needs to provide themselves, then it is not a dependency in the licensing sense. Sep 28 '20 at 15:59
  • Is it same with asking an user to install python or some other programming language.Just asking. Sep 30 '20 at 8:09

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