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: Why GPL?
by andrewg on Fri 11th May 2007 05:42 UTC in reply to "Why GPL?"
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Mostly is far more lenient than GPL because of the Classpath exception. Everything except the Hotspot VM has the exception.

So I think the reasons are: -

1. Prevent forking without having to give back.
2. Through the Classpath exception give just about every group what they need.
3. Brownie points as you stated.

Personally I had no problem with Java being closed but opening Java up does make Java attractive to a larger group of developers and this could even end up unifying the .Net competition. I think Mcnealy was mostly right when he said that there are only two developer ecosystems left .Net and Java.

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