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Old 11-13-2007, 08:35 PM   #1
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Is Java Free and Open Software?


From wikipedia's page on Java, I've read that
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Sun released the Java HotSpot virtual machine and compiler as free software under the GNU General Public License on 13 November 2006, with a promise that the rest of the JDK (which includes the JRE) would be placed under the GPL by March 2007
This is great but when I was trying to install the recent jre for linux (available as jre-6u3-linux-i586.bin from java.com) the usual click-through proprietary licence was there. Shouldn't it be GPL now?

From an intellectual property perspective, at least to my eyes, running web-based java applets on linux seems like running adobe's flash video, i.e. you need third party proprietary software.

I am mistaken in this perspective?

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Old 11-13-2007, 08:42 PM   #2
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I believe Red Hat and Sun Java just recently joined forces and Java is ust starting to be released under GPL.
 
Old 11-13-2007, 11:01 PM   #3
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This is great but when I was trying to install the recent jre for linux (available as jre-6u3-linux-i586.bin from java.com) the usual click-through proprietary licence was there. Shouldn't it be GPL now?
I doesn’t all happen at once. OpenJDK is free and open. This is essentially the same as jdk7. Also, there are parts of the build sequence that are not yet completely open (but they are working to remove that). Sourcecode for jdk5 and jdk6 is available, but only through a research license (i.e., not Free). A research-license version of jdk7 sourcecode is also available.
 
Old 11-14-2007, 09:35 AM   #4
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If you want a GPL'd "Java" get Fedora 8 or Mandriva 2008, and install Icedtea, it is a first fully free implementation of OpenJDK. It is still in developpement however, so don't expect everything to work ...

And no, as said, Java 6 is still "closed". Sun announced to release Java under GPL and made serious advances, but it is a lot of work. They never said the next maintenance release would be GPL'd ...
 
Old 11-14-2007, 01:33 PM   #5
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If you want a GPL'd "Java" get Fedora 8 or Mandriva 2008, and install Icedtea, it is a first fully free implementation of OpenJDK.
While the IcedTea project was initiated by Redhat, the availability of the project is not limited to Fedora or Mandriva (that’s kind of the point). So you can compile and install IcedTea regardless of what distro you use. IIRC, there are also some binary packaged versions for debian and ubuntu.
 
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What I meant packages are avaible from official side for those distributions ...
 
  


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