Monday Nov 13, 2006

GlassFish and Ubuntu

UBUNTU is the most wildly popular GNU/Linux distribution (according to distrowatch.com) and last week we announced that GlassFish would be distributed with Ubuntu. One of the benefits of dual licensing GlassFish is that it makes it easier to distribute w/ Ubuntu as they prefer the GPL license to the CDDL. Both are OSI approved licenses and both allow distribution and redistribution of code, but the Ubuntu, and ultimately the Debian community, prefers the GPL license. So now that GlassFish and all of Java (ME, SE and EE) are available under GPL look for several benefits: It will be easier to download and use GlassFish with Linux as they are under the exact same license and look for us to get much wider distribution of Java . Look for the distribution to be available in the 1st quarter of 2007.

I'll comment on the differences between GPL and CDDL and Ubuntu's objections to the CDDL license in an upcoming blog.

GlassFish under GPL! Is CDDL Dead?


The first question I've been asked since Jonathan and Rich announced today that the GlassFish Application Server (Java EE 5) is available under GPL is is CDDL dead? Quite frankly, no! As we decided to make Java available as open source, that having all 3 versions, ME, SE and EE under the same license would simplify the ability of developers to work with the code. So now you can download and use GlassFish accepting it under the terms of either the CDDL or GPL (with Classpath exceptions). The practical matter is that only when you decide to change or redistribute the code do you have to declare a license and use that in all future versions. So at that time, you pick a license and stick with it! You can look forward to the new license terms to be fully integrated into the code in the 1st quarter of 2007 when the next version is released.

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