GPL V2 wins!

I'm really happy that after months of arguing and analysis, we finally agreed on using the GPL version 2 with the classpath exception as the license for JavaSE. We're also taking the first couple of baby steps in getting actual source code relicensed. All of it will follow, eventually. But there's a lot of work to do, like migrating millions of lines of code from TeamWare to Mercurial.

For extra bonus fun, we're open sourcing Duke. You'll find a pile of images along with a few animations and 3D models. We'll be adding to it over time. Duke has been a lot of fun. I hope you can have fun with him too. Figuring that some folks would like t-shirts, we've set some images up at CafePress.

Being "out sick" for a long time is horrible. I'm missing all the fun. First I miss the NetBeans 5.5 launch (I'm deeply in love with the profiler.. It is soooo sweet); then I miss JDK6 going final. Now I'm missing out on this. Email may be great, but it's no substitute for physical presence. Bummer. But I'm healing well.


R u offering free Sun T- Shirts, if so please let me know. I missed the last opportunity to get a Sun T- Shirt also please inform me where to find Sun Developer meets in India.

Posted by Livingston Samuel JP on November 12, 2006 at 06:46 PM PST #

Mr.Gosling, as the "father" of Java, this is probably one of the most significant moment for you. Thank you! and I wish you a very speedy recovery.

Posted by Tao on November 12, 2006 at 07:20 PM PST #

Thank you James, I'm sure you where the one pushing for this! After such a important announcement of Open Sourcing Sun's Java implementation, I think that freeing Duke was the special touch that was needed! A lot of Java developers around the world will have a more direct relationship with this announcement then all else that was announced today ;-) This is huge! Tks, ang get well soon, you're missed.

Posted by Bruno Souza on November 12, 2006 at 07:25 PM PST #

This is great news, I'm actually going to finally learn Java now!

Posted by Jonh on November 12, 2006 at 07:34 PM PST #

This is a momentous occasion. A day to remember for every technologist. A game changer. OK, cliche's apart, fantastic job, Sun, in silencing all the cynics. Congratulations to everyone involved in the effort. The winds of change are blowing here! :-)

Posted by Bharath R on November 12, 2006 at 08:12 PM PST #

Hi Duke, how are ya?

Hey, you'll like the freedom of being everywhere. If you need a pair of wings to fly around and visit places, I'll stop by and we can flock together. We should go visit JUGs around the world!

I'm very happy for you Duke, you're finaly getting the special place you deserve among the coolest software mascots of world!

(Thank you James! You're cool dude!)

Posted by Juggy J. Finch on November 12, 2006 at 08:28 PM PST #

Mr. Gosling now you'll know how it is to be an empty nester ;-) Your baby has grown up and leaving to live on his/her own. Congratulations and a speedy recovery. I hope to see some cool stuff from you. God bless.

Posted by Anantha on November 12, 2006 at 08:29 PM PST #

Great news and perfect timing! And opensourcing Duke is the cream on the cake. Just curious about it: the can't be opened (missing permissions?)

Posted by Fabrizio Giudici on November 12, 2006 at 08:50 PM PST #

Duke is great! Thank you and thanks to Sun! I hope soon we'll see a comic strip about this great open source Java story!

Posted by magomarcelo on November 12, 2006 at 09:18 PM PST #

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Posted by Hola Mundo on November 12, 2006 at 09:29 PM PST #

James, thank you for helping make this happen! You rock. Get well soon, so that we can celebrate you & Duke properly in our midst.

Posted by Dalibor Topic on November 12, 2006 at 09:43 PM PST #

It's a great news

Posted by Edgar Gonzalez on November 12, 2006 at 11:28 PM PST #

Great news! Linux is going to be a really sweet platform for Java now. Here's hoping there'll soon be a way to hook up Java code to the apt repositories (who knows - maybe us Mac users may even be coding Java ME stuff soon...?)

Posted by David Griffiths on November 13, 2006 at 12:45 AM PST #

The bigest nightmare has become reality! :(. I will never use the open source version of Java, only the commerial.

Posted by Evert Tigchelaar jr on November 13, 2006 at 02:18 AM PST #

Congratulations Sun from Argentina!!! Welcome to the illuminated side !!

Posted by Juan Giovanolli on November 13, 2006 at 03:01 AM PST #

Dear James, That is a great news! I have sent you an invitation to come to FOSDEM. FOSDEM is the biggest event in Europe dedicated to Open Source developers. Please have a look. Thanks you.

Posted by Damien Sandras on November 13, 2006 at 03:30 AM PST #

Congratulations on your decision to GPL Java!

Me and a lot of others have been looking forward to this for at least two years now!

Posted by Asgeir S. Nilsen on November 13, 2006 at 05:40 AM PST #

You should have created an Lisp VM instead of the mess that Java is.

Posted by Anon on November 13, 2006 at 05:48 AM PST #

that's a great news thanks a lot, You & Richard Stallman for the Nobel Peace Prize!

ps. :) it means that we can compile javac on openBSD!!?!

Posted by Pablo on November 13, 2006 at 11:13 AM PST #

Ok, Ok, Ok... Cool... But where can i find the direct source code, so that i can open and read how it was written than a simple swap program....!!! I pity you for missing the big stages, but you are behind all these so you never need to worry, what u say James, one more, no access why? A BIG THANKS for making stuff open...

Posted by ADi on November 13, 2006 at 09:55 PM PST #

Congratulations James and everyone at Sun involved! The community has greated this like some sort of mega Christmasakwanzakah gift this year, the electricity is amazing :) Bright times ahead!

Posted by Ivan Lazarte on November 13, 2006 at 10:11 PM PST #

Congrats and thank you. I am really enjoying my journy into Java. I hope that it will be a long and prosperous one. It certainly is fun!!!

Posted by Noble D. Bell on November 14, 2006 at 05:41 AM PST #

You changed the face of the internet when you introduced Java. You changed the face of the planet when you open sourced it. Thank you, Mr. Gosling, you are a leader in the truest sense.

Posted by Prof. Ajit Kiuraa on November 14, 2006 at 01:40 PM PST #

James Gosling or I say THE JAMES GOSLING ,you are the father of the JAVA. Congratulations on the java open sourcing and duke too. I love java as it becomes a passion for me

Posted by Vinod Kumar Kashyap on November 14, 2006 at 05:21 PM PST #

hi James Playing with Duke is really fun.. i love the logo of sun, java and the duke ;) When you loose it means you are going to get a big thing ;)

Posted by Rajmahendra on November 16, 2006 at 12:27 PM PST #

Get well soon!

Posted by Bill Robertson on November 19, 2006 at 10:17 AM PST #

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