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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: "Sun Says GPL Is a Possibility for OSS Java"
Date Thu, 01 Jun 2006 14:44:20 GMT


Shashank "Shanky" Tiwari wrote:
> If all the specifications get GPLed, what might be impact on commercial
> vendors who sell JVMs and containers? Any ideas?

The specs won't get GPL-ed.  What we are talking about is Sun's
implementation of the spec getting put under an open source license,
possibly the GPL.

As for the commercial vendors?  I don't think that there are many that
actually sell a VM, at least for the use cases that I've used Java
(desktop, server).  I know the major JVM distributors license Sun's
class library, so depending on the terms of the open source license,
they just may be able to use it directly.

Dunno.

geir

> 
> shanky
> 
> On 6/1/06, Geir Magnusson Jr <geir@pobox.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> theUser BL wrote:
>> > JavaONE 2006 is over. Sun have not opend Java, as many people have
>> hoped.
>>
>> No one really expected it.
>>
>> The thing that JS did was formally commit his company to doing so in
>> public.  It's a step forward.
>>
>> >
>> > But Sun hold on the speculations, if Suns Java will be OpenSource or
>> not.
>> >
>> > At OSNews.com at
>> > http://www.osnews.com/comment.php?news_id=14770
>> > stand, that a GPL Java could be possible.
>> >
>>
>> yes, because of a statement in JS's blog, as you note below.
>>
>>
>> > The links ends up at Jonathan Schwatzs blog at
>> > http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan
>> > where he writes
>> > "But all in all, a really great week - we're now making serious
>> progress
>> > on open sourcing Java (and despite the cynics, using a GPL license is
>> > very much *on* the table), [...]"
>> >
>>
>> I found his phrasing "despite the cynics" ironic, because we cynics
>> expect that it would be GPL  or something equally as restrictive in
>> order to preserve as much control as possible.
>>
>> geir
>>
>>
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