Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th May 2007 10:08 UTC, submitted by Ford Prefect
Java Sun Microsystems has announced the release of an open-source version of its Java Development Kit for Java Platform Standard Edition. Sun has contributed the software to the OpenJDK Community as free software under the GNU GPLv2. Sun also announced that OpenJDK-based implementations can use the JCK (Java SE 6 Technical Compatibility Kit) to establish compatibility with the Java SE 6 specification. OpenBSD has already started importing the release.
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RE[3]: Ah well
by dylansmrjones on Wed 9th May 2007 18:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ah well"
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Incorrect. You can create proprietary products with mono. It is only the IDE which is GPL.

GCC is GPL'ed too but that doesn't mean applications compiled with GCC becomes GPL. You can create proprietary products using the basic GNU libraries.

You can also create proprietary products with GPL'ed Java. You can claim otherwise as you want to but Sun and FSF have already made clear that it doesn't touch derivative works because of an exception clause (not unlike the way GPL is used for fonts). Heck, you can create proprietary products using GNU Classpath because of that.

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