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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GCJ versus Java
by Don T. Bothers on Tue 16th May 2006 23:28 UTC
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I guess RedHat and GNU were doing too good of a job in making Sun's Java implementation irrelevent. Most distros today now come with GCJw/Classpath(No thanks to Sun.) My guess is that this is a desperate attempt by Sun to keep its Java implementation (and Solaris) relevant. However, I think most people have already pretty much committed to making GCJ a real alternative. Shame on Sun always trying to fragment the open source community. First it was Solaris, then it was their Directory Server (versus Fedora Core Directory Server), and now it is Java. When will Sun show it is truly committed to opensource and actually opensource something the OS community has not already made irrelevent.

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