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From "Roy T. Fielding" <field...@gbiv.com>
Subject Re: Reason for Sun's FOU restriction
Date Fri, 29 Jun 2007 18:19:21 GMT
On Jun 29, 2007, at 10:35 AM, Aaron Mulder wrote:

> I always figured the nuclear exclusion was to avoid the lawsuits and
> PR that would come from a headline like "Deadly reactor meltdown
> traced to flaw in Sun Microsystems' Java programming language".  You'd
> have to be crazy to run MY code in a nuclear reactor, that's for sure!

It is an insurance issue.  Sun probably has a corporate liability
policy that excludes a set of applications in exchange for lower
premiums, and some bright sod at Sun decided to include those
exclusions in their corporate licenses (as if such a thing could
ever be excluded in practice).

....Roy


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