OpenJDK projects promoting proprietary builds

Mark Wielaard mark at
Fri May 29 16:56:38 UTC 2009


Since we are all in frantic-release mode just before JavaOne I wanted to
double check some of the new features against other builds. I was
somewhat surprised to find that various projects only promote and/or
publish proprietary builds. The jdk7 binaries published on the list, but
also nio2 builds, sctp builds (these were the two I was interested in,
there might be others), are published under proprietary terms and not
just under the GPL.

The terms are particularly anti-social since they explicitly forbid
sharing the binaries with others, learning what the corresponding source
code is, modifying or creating any derivative works, and agreeing that
Sun will be "irreparably harmed" if you don't keep everything you learn
from those binaries confidential.

Could we please have OpenJDK projects only publish artifacts under the
terms listed at

Those terms even allows publishing binaries that contain some of the
proprietary blobs as long as the rest is published under the GPL, thanks
to the assembly exception, if that really is necessary (and it really
shouldn't be necessary anymore since people have been publishing full
GPLed builds for almost 2 years now).



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