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Re: [gNewSense-users] Java being released GPL...

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Java being released GPL...
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 16:07:54 +0000
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"Matthew D. Armistead" <address@hidden> wrote:
> Sun just announced that Java code, including code previously released 
> under the Sun CDDL will now be released under GPLv2. [...]

Careful.  They actually just announced they "expect to release a fully
buildable JDK based almost completely on open-sourced code in the
first half of 2007."  AFAICT, it's only "almost", it's not now and
it's not clearly GPLv2.  Let's wait until it's actually released under
GPLv2 before celebrating: deeds, not good words.  See

> What is the Classpath Exception and how does it fit in to the concept 
> of (truly) free software?

Classpath Exception is an additional permission over those in the GPL, and it lets things
escape the Java Trap earlier.

Hope that explains,
MJ Ray - see/vidu
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