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From Henri Yandell <bay...@generationjava.com>
Subject Re: [Info] Jini goes OSS.
Date Thu, 20 Jan 2005 05:13:23 GMT

All sounds great but the open sourcing of the spec confuses me. How 
exactly is that going to work? Has anyone open-sourced a spec before?

Will the official version of the Jini spec remain within the JCP?

Hen

On Thu, 20 Jan 2005, Niclas Hedhman wrote:

>
> FWIW,
> Sun have decided to put the Jini specification, documentation and reference
> implementations under an OSS license. Early on, the discussion of which
> licensed circled around; BSD, MIT and ALv2.
>
> After a lengthy debate on the pros and cons, especially in respect of the
> patent rights expressed in ALv2 vs BSD/MIT + a separate 'patent promise', it
> seems that the Jini community have swayed Sun from initially wanting to use
> the MIT license to now go for the ALv2.
>
> Other Jini contributors, will be encouraged to license their projects in the
> same manner.
>
> What this means for the Java community at large, is that Jini can finally
> a) be adopted as a core technology in many fields,
> b) new exciting Jini applications can be developed from scratch,
> c) the OSS communities can take a shot at improving the reference
> implementation,
> d) even implementing the specs from scratch if we like.
>
> It will still take the Jini team some time to get all the paper work sorted
> out over at Sun.
>
> I think this news together with the arrival of JDO at ASF are the best news, I
> have heard in a long time.
>
>
> Cheers
> Niclas
>
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