OpenJDK projects promoting proprietary builds
Geir Magnusson Jr.
geir at pobox.com
Fri May 29 17:06:31 UTC 2009
On May 29, 2009, at 12:56 PM, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> 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,
> 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
> code is, modifying or creating any derivative works, and agreeing that
> Sun will be "irreparably harmed" if you don't keep everything you
> from those binaries confidential.
Imagine! There's a downside for giving sun complete copyright (via
joint assignment)! Whoda thought!
> Could we please have OpenJDK projects only publish artifacts under the
> terms listed at http://openjdk.java.net/legal/
> Those terms even allows publishing binaries that contain some of the
> proprietary blobs as long as the rest is published under the GPL,
> 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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