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From Berin Loritsch <>
Subject Re: Sun's SDK1.4 license terms
Date Tue, 19 Feb 2002 15:32:07 GMT
Enke Michael wrote:
> Hi,
> as I see some people using SDK version 1.4:
> Did you guys read the license terms?
> 5.  Notice of Automatic Software Updates from Sun.
> 6.  Notice of Automatic Downloads.
> I refuse to use SDK 1.4 with such conditions.
> Has anybody more informations on that?

Considering that JDK 1.4 has the WebStart technology and the
Java PlugIn included, I believe those clauses are in there to
protect SUN from liability should you run an applet that does
bad things--and you give it permission....

I am not aware of any automatic download features beyond the
those two technologies.  Sun cannot control what you download,
or the updates that those applications/applets will download.

The JavaPlugIn (if installed directly) will download necessary
parts of the JRE as needed, and update them as Sun provides
updates.  This is much like the WindowsUpdate approach.

Clause 5 is to handle updates to the JRE (i.e. bug fixes, etc.)
without having to download a 40+ MB archive.

Clause 6 is to protect Sun from damages should you run WebStart/
Java PlugIn on third-party software--which may in turn provide
automatic updates of the software on your system.


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  deserve neither liberty nor safety."
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