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[2]: Open Source Java?
by evangs on Wed 17th May 2006 05:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Open Source Java?"
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The GPL might be the best way of preventing forking, but IMHO it opens a totally different can of worms. What would happen to my code that was written and compiled by a fully GPL JVM? The compilation itself shouldn't be an issue, but if the entire JVM was GPL'ed, that would mean that my code was linking to GPL'ed code, which would then require me to release the source code to my programs.

Unless I am mistaken in my interpretation of the GPL, using such a license would spell death for Java. Instead a different license like the BSD (very unlikely) or the LGPL (more likely) would be more suitable.

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