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From Martin van den Bemt <mll...@mvdb.net>
Subject Re: jcp-open Digest of: get.703_703
Date Thu, 05 Jul 2007 11:02:21 GMT


William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
> Rory Winston wrote:
>> "Staying in the wrong sandbox leaves us open to 'guilt
>> by association' when specific JSR's use our good name to undermine open
>> source implementations of that standard." - William
>>
>> Just curious - how would this ever happen? What would be a reasonably
>> plausible scenario here?
> 
> The Field of Use restrictions limiting J2SE 5 implementations to "General
> Purpose Computing Devices" and excluding special-case appliances, kiosks,
> mobile computing devices and other interesting applications constitutes
> an "additional restriction" that would be unacceptable to us (the ASF),
> and equally to the FSF (by the GPL's no-additional-restrictions policy).
> 

Even worse : The field of use restriction means automatically that it cannot be open source
at all
according to the Open Source Definition.

(specifically point 6 : No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor.

Mvgr,
Martin

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