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From "Aaron Mulder" <ammul...@alumni.princeton.edu>
Subject Re: Reason for Sun's FOU restriction
Date Fri, 29 Jun 2007 17:35:03 GMT
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!

Thanks,
     Aaron

On 6/29/07, Geir Magnusson Jr. <geir@pobox.com> wrote:
>
> On Jun 28, 2007, at 10:57 PM, Jukka Zitting wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm not sure if this question is stupied or was asked and answered
> > already before, but do we know (for sure) the reason why Sun wants or
> > needs to restrict the "field of use" of compliant Java
> > implementations?
> >
> > I can think of two main reasons:
> >
> > 1) They want to protect their revenue from Java in embedded systems.
> >
> > 2) They see software patents as applicable only when the software in
> > question is an integral part of a physical system, and use the FOU as
> > a way to avoid hitting the patent minefield.
>
> Software is a patent minefield.
>
> Passing the TCK grants the necessary IP from the EG members - it
> doesn't confer any protection from infringing patents held by others.
>
> So I'm going to go with #1.
>
> geir
>
>

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