Another entry in the "bash Sun over Java" battles
By jmcp on Mar 30, 2006
I think what Peter is getting at is that the license under which you can get the source for the JVM is not the GPL.
I'm so sick and tired of hearing people bash Sun because this company decided that the GPL was not the correct license for Java. Or for OpenSolaris for that matter.
The GPl is not the only Open Source license out there. Even RMS knows that. RMS is also enough of a realist to agree. If only the GPL zealots could pull their heads out and get a clue we could all get on with creating better applications and products instead of wasting time responding to straw man and ideological arguments.
As we were packing up the Sun stand at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo on Tuesday, a person (who I was told was Martin Fink) yelled out "When are you going to GPL Solaris?"
If only I'd been thinking quickly enough to respond: "How about you GPL your CPU first, then let's talk about the OS!"