Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th May 2006 22:13 UTC, submitted by adstro
Java "Sun today announced that Java Platform, Standard Edition 5 is now available for redistribution by GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris operating system distributors under the new Operating System Distributor's License for Java (also known as the 'Distro License for Java' or DLJ). Developed in consultation with, and for use by, the various GNU/Linux communities, the new license allows distributors to ship Sun's Java SE 5.0 Java Development Kit and Java Runtime Environment as installable packages for their operating systems." At the same time, Sun also promised to open-source Java.
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RE: Open Source Java?
by twenex on Tue 16th May 2006 22:55 UTC in reply to "Open Source Java?"
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Please don't troll.

Firstly, forking (fragmentation) only works if people support the fork. People may have supported {Free,Open,Net}BSD, even DragonFlyBSD, but many other BSDs (not to mention versions of XFree86 under the new licence) have fallen by the wayside, and the future of some (PCBSD, DesktopBSD) is at best unclear.

Secondly, what is clear is that choosing the GPL is the best way to prevent forks. Yes, there are plenty Linux distros, but they all take the Linux kernel from the same codebase, GNU binutils from the same codebase, and so on.

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