BT

Your opinion matters! Please fill in the InfoQ Survey!

Sun Finishes OpenJDK Transition

| by Ian Roughley Follow 0 Followers on May 08, 2007. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

A note to our readers: As per your request we have developed a set of features that allow you to reduce the noise, while not losing sight of anything that is important. Get email and web notifications by choosing the topics you are interested in.

Today's keynote was the culmination of a year long process to open source the JDK, resulting in a completely build-able JDK now available to developers. As previously reported by InfoQ, the license selected was GNU General Public License v2 (GPLv2). The reason given for the selection is that "GPL forces all changes done in the open shared by all, maximizing the chances that compatibility will be maintained." It will also allow other GPL projects, such as Ubuntu, to distribute Open JDK without license compatibility concerns. Also announced was the interim board. They will be responsible for setting up the constitution, and once established and ratified, the interim board will hold an election to appoint a duly elected board. The interim board consists of:

  • Fabiane Nardon - CTO ZILICS and InfoQ contributor
  • Doug Lea - Professor at SUNY
  • Simon Phipps - Sun Microsystems
  • Mark Reinhold - Sun Microsystems
  • Dalibor Topig - kaffe.org
Today's announcements leave open the question of Sun's response to the Apache Harmony project's recent open letter regarding the JCK licensing terms. Javalobby asks the same questions:

...In my mind, it's pretty obvious that Sun wants to give their open source version of Java the best chance to survive and it sure looks like they're giving a bit of a headstart by dragging out negotiations with Apache over being able to call Harmony Java. What do you guys think? I suppose that Harmony matters for those who don't want to suffer the embrace of the GPL, but for regular Joe Developer, does it matter? I suspect that most developers are going to get their bits the normal way, from java.sun.com...

Rate this Article

Adoption Stage
Style

Hello stranger!

You need to Register an InfoQ account or or login to post comments. But there's so much more behind being registered.

Get the most out of the InfoQ experience.

Tell us what you think

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread

gdfgh by Alisan Erdemli

dhdfghd

Re: gdfgh by Alisan Erdemli

ffff

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread

2 Discuss

Login to InfoQ to interact with what matters most to you.


Recover your password...

Follow

Follow your favorite topics and editors

Quick overview of most important highlights in the industry and on the site.

Like

More signal, less noise

Build your own feed by choosing topics you want to read about and editors you want to hear from.

Notifications

Stay up-to-date

Set up your notifications and don't miss out on content that matters to you

BT