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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: [general] Sun will take GPL License?
Date Fri, 10 Nov 2006 02:24:41 GMT


Dalibor Topic wrote:
> Geir Magnusson Jr. <geir <at> pobox.com> writes:
> 
>>
>> Alexey Petrenko wrote:
>>> Java under GPL? It is probably bad news for Java developers...
>>>
>>> As far as I understand you'll can not create non GPL application on
>>> top of GPL Java...
>>> License gurus, is that right?
>> GPL proponents claim that there is no problem running under a GPL-ed VM, 
>> but given aspects such as JNI and such, I do wonder if that's simply 
>> wishful thinking.
> 
> I'd be very surprised, in case that they actually decided to go with the GPL, if
> they haven't thought about all that, and have a bunch of good answers that
> explain that all the desirable things can happen without leaving any room for
> fear, uncertainty or doubt about the effects of the license.
> 

Classically, licensors seem to just make a statement about it.  For 
example, see the Hibernate clarification to the LGPL, or how MySQL just 
basically told the FSF that the GPL *is* compatible with the Apache License.

> After all, one should not forget that Sun has managed to get the JDK into
> Debian. So they must have more than sufficient experience in dealing with
> armchair lawyering about their license choices on the internet. ;)

We'll see.  It will be interesting.

geir


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