Linked by Andy Roberts on Thu 9th Jun 2005 20:58 UTC
Java The recent announcement from Apache regarding their plans to embark on their own J2SE implementation called Harmony has re-ignited the long-running Java/OSS debate. James "Father of Java" Gosling reacted in an unexpected way by giving a misleading view of what open source is really all about. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, it's time for an article that is not championing the cause for the relicensing of Sun's implementation under more permissive, open source terms, but simply a look at what could (and could not) happen under the open source model.
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There is no contamination
by Ray Gans on Fri 10th Jun 2005 22:25 UTC

Hi Andy,

I'd like to correct an error in your article where it states, "NB, if you ever sign up, or even look at Java's source, you are no longer eligible to contribute to OSS Java projects as you are now contaminated!"

We at Sun want to stamp out this misconception. The Residual Rights clause in the Java Research License (JRL) was added to make it clear that examining Sun's source code under the JRL does not stop you from later participating in an open source effort. There is no contamination.

The JRL and FAQ can be found for those interested at:

Best regards,

Ray Gans
Sun Microsystems