Re: Rationale for the Classpath exception neugens.limasoftware at
Thu May 19 11:11:49 UTC 2011

I don't follow you rationale, what does it have to do the class library, with the license if the vm, with Apache code?

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Da: "Florian Weimer" <fweimer at>
Data: gio, mag 19, 2011 11:42
Oggetto: Rationale for the Classpath exception
A: <discuss at>

I've been looking at single-executable deployments on Windows and
noticed that while the jdk subcomponent is mostly GPL plus Classpath
exception, Hotspot is GPL without the exception.  As far as I can tell,
this makes single-executable deployments nearly impossible, even for
non-proprietary applications, because code from the Apache Software
Foundation is so ubiquitous in the Java world (even OpenJDK includes

Most free Hotspot replacements are released under the GPL, too, so it is
difficult for me to imagine a rationale for using the Classpath
exception on the jdk subcomponent, when you still need to ship another
component which is GPL-licensed.

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