Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Dec 2006 00:38 UTC, submitted by Bob
Oracle and SUN "Over the last few weeks, I have had a few people ask me why Sun didn't choose GPL v3 for Freeing the Java platform. 'Does this mean you're siding with Linus?' they have asked me. they have said, 'because you chose GPL v2 only rather than GPLv2 or any later version as the license for the Java platform, preventing automatic use of GPL v3. You must be critical of it.' Those conclusions are not true at all. The answers are actually pretty straightforward, and when I discussed this matter with Richard Stallman he actually agreed we were making an acceptable choice here. I'll explain."
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Newer is not better
by pcummins on Sat 2nd Dec 2006 01:10 UTC
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Sun made the right decision. Since GPLv3 is untested and unfinished, there is no benefit (and a lot of disadvantages) to making Java GPLv3 vs the more acceptable (and well known) GPLv2. Anyone who is pushing Sun to go GPLv3 obviously has never been bitten by x.0 software or the first new version of anything.

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