OpenJDK projects promoting proprietary builds

Mark Wielaard mark at
Fri May 29 17:56:47 UTC 2009

Hi Geir,

On Fri, 2009-05-29 at 13:06 -0400, Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
> On May 29, 2009, at 12:56 PM, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> > 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.
> Imagine!  There's a downside for giving sun complete copyright (via  
> joint assignment)!  Whoda thought!

Of course. That is a reason to think long and hard before signing the
SCA in its current form, if you wish to do that. But that is a different
issue. What Sun does with its own internal proprietary forks is their
business. This is about OpenJDK project themselves publishing and
promoting proprietary builds, which IMHO is not done.

> > 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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