Old News - OpenJDK Still United

I'm not sure what it is that's making ZDNet treat the interviews I gave last month in Australia as new news, but to be clear, the comments they are reporting and that Slashdot and DZone have been trying to spin as divisive are nothing of the sort (if this all passed you by, please ignore - I'm not in the mode to give any of the above any link love). I note Rich Sharples is also helping tidy up. The work the IcedTea folks did to make OpenJDK 6 capable of passing the TCK have been contributed back to the OpenJDK community and are being integrated.

People are working together just the way one would hope they would. My previous comments about JDK diversity hold. And my delight that we finally have a Free, compatible Java implementation based on shared, open source code is still making me smile, as the audience here in Z├╝rich for Jazoon saw this morning.

Comments:

It would be interesting to hear Sun's side of this:

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20080625020853732

Posted by John Birrell on June 25, 2008 at 06:33 PM PDT #

When will javax.jta be available on an open source licence? The current licence says:
"... agree to
defend and indemnify Sun and its licensors from
and against any damages, costs, liabilities,
settlement amounts and/or expenses (including
attorneys' fees) incurred in connection with any
claim, lawsuit or action by any third party that
arises or results from the use or distribution of
any and all Programs ..."

I'm not empowered to accept unlimited liability. The JTA is a fundamental bit of infrastructure, and this licence stops me using several OS components.

The CDDL is fine - canthe JTA be released under it?

Posted by Chris Morris on June 29, 2008 at 06:51 PM PDT #

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