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From Rick Hillegas <rick.hille...@oracle.com>
Subject Re: 10.10.1 release
Date Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:27:46 GMT
I'm back from vacation now. I hope that the community is comfortable 
with the plan described below. In particular, I hope that people have 
had time to ponder the licensing situation for 10.10.1. I would 
appreciate the community's help in raising licensing concerns sooner 
rather than later.


On 2/15/13 12:28 PM, Rick Hillegas wrote:
> I am volunteering to manage a 10.10.1 feature release, which is 
> described here: http://wiki.apache.org/db-derby/DerbyTenTenOneRelease. 
> As you can see, the proposed schedule calls for a first release 
> candidate on 2013-03-18 and a target release date of 2013-04-12. I am 
> cautiously hopeful that that will give us plenty of time to stabilize 
> what I consider to be the driving features of this release:
> o the ability to build and test Derby on Java 8
> o the ability to run Derby on a Java 8 small device platform called 
> Compact Profile 2
> I expect that there will be some discussion about this release. Like 
> 10.2.1 and 10.8.1, 10.10.1 will be a release which exposes a new rev 
> of JDBC. There may be licensing concerns about 10.10.1 just as there 
> were about 10.2.1 and 10.8.1. Because I will use Open JDK to build the 
> release, I think that the 10.10.1 licensing situation is simpler, and 
> I have summarized my view of the licensing constraints at the end of 
> the functional spec attached to 
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-6000. To repeat what is 
> said there: Open JDK is licensed under "GNU General Public License, 
> version 2, with the Classpath Exception" (see 
> http://openjdk.java.net/legal/gplv2+ce.html ); according to GNU, 
> software under this license can be used to build unencumbered 
> production programs (see 
> http://www.gnu.org/software/classpath/license.html ). In particular, I 
> call the community's attention to the following paragraph from that 
> web page:
> "As such, it can be used to run, create and distribute a large class 
> of applications and applets. When GNU Classpath is used unmodified as 
> the core class library for a virtual machine, compiler for the java 
> language, or for a program written in the java programming language it 
> does not affect the licensing for distributing those programs directly."
> I am going on vacation for a week so I won't be able to continue this 
> discussion until I come back on Monday February 25. Before going on 
> vacation, however, I wanted to post these plans so that the community 
> will have an additional week to prepare for the release and to think 
> through the licensing situation.
> Thanks,
> -Rick

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