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[6]: Open Source Java?
by binarycrusader on Wed 17th May 2006 00:46 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Open Source Java?"
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Because the GPL is, afaik, the only one which *requires* you to make your changes available. AFAIK all the others are more relaxed on this point.

It isn't the *only* one. LGPL, CDDL, MPL, etc. Unless you mean *all* changes, even ones that some might consider "derivative works."

If you mean *all* changes, there are many licenses that have the same basic requirements of the GPL for modifications:

http://www.opensource.org/licenses/rpl.php

or the QPL used by Qt:

http://www.opensource.org/licenses/qtpl.php

the nethack license:

http://www.opensource.org/licenses/nethack.php

the Jabber Open Source license:

http://www.opensource.org/licenses/jabberpl.php

I could list more, but the point is that there are a lot of licenses that require *all* changes to be made available under the original license. The GPL just happens to be the best known.

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