Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Nov 2006 17:41 UTC, submitted by csousa
Java Sun has talked a lot about putting Java into an open-source license. Now it's ready to move. The company is very close to announcing that it will put the mobile and standard editions of the Java platform into the GNU General Public License, with the Java Enterprise Edition and GlassFish reference implementation (currently open-sourced under Sun's Common Development and Distribution License, or CDDL) to follow, several industry sources said.
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Why GPL and not LGPL
by usr0 on Thu 9th Nov 2006 21:25 UTC
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I think Sun has made a good decision choosing GPL instead of the LGPL or any other less restrictive license. Core technology (like Java) which is the base for many other products should be "free" according to the GPL so nobody can fork its own parasitic proprietary fork of these base/core technology.

Also Mono (the free implementation of the .NET framework) is available under the GPL. So it was just a logical consequence to make also Java available under the GPL so it can compete with .NET/Mono (at least) on the same legality level.

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