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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Sun has no clue
by JohnMG on Wed 17th May 2006 07:21 UTC
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Reading the license (http://download.java.net/dlj/DLJ-v1.1.txt) I see that Sun still doesn't get it. Here's a few points to consider:

1. If it's even distributable with GNU/Linux (they only mention the Linux kernel in the license), it's not distributable with any other free OS's (besides their "OpenSolaris").

2. It misses the whole point of open source and doesn't allow you to modify the source and redistribute.

3. It leaves the door wide open for sleight of hand by saying that, "Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, as well as the restrictions and exceptions set forth in the Software README file, ..." (my emphasis).

All this new license does is supposedly allow you to package and distribute it with GNU/Linux. It's just a silly trick to try and get distro's to distribute Java instead of users having to download from Sun's site. That's it. Nothing to see here.

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