Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd May 2012 18:25 UTC
Legal We've got some really good news for all of you: the jury verdict in the patent phase of the Oracle v. Google trial is in, and it's a unanimous one: no patent infringement. This means that the most Oracle could possibly get out of this is a few hundred thousand dollars if (and that's a very big if) judge Alsup rules that APIs are copyrightable. Oracle pretty much lost everything. Permit me to say, in your face, Ellison.
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by cyrilleberger on Thu 24th May 2012 06:45 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
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Java is GPL, ANYONE can use, modify and distribute GPL code quite freely.

Except you cannot call it Java, so yes, you can modify and distribute the SDK, and since you have to change the name, then no one will use it. So no, you cannot modify Java without being Oracle (or Sun back in the time).

SPARC is fully open-source, again, anyone can use, modify and distribute it quite freely.

OpenSparc is a old Sparc design, the more recent version of Sparc are fully proprietary.

Oracle didn't need to buy Sun to use and modify Java nor SPARC, nor the GPL MySQL.

And since all of that is GPL, if you want to make proprietary version, you need to buy the copyright holder. And making proprietary product is exactly how Oracle intend to make money out of their acquisition of Sun. And if you have not noticed, they have already started, they killed OpenSolaris, they do release closed source improvement to MySQL, the last news on OpenSparc is 2 years old (before that they were quiet active, it shows how much the project is going to go forward...). Only Java still remains relatively "free", but that was probably part of the deal with regulators.

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