OpenJDK has a JCK License

Grasshopper

After many weeks of soul-searching, I'm delighted to say that the OpenJDK community has v1 of a license for use of the Java SE 6 JCK. I was going to blog all about it but I see Tom has given pointers to everything with hard facts, Rich has gone for the philosophy and context behind the thing and Dalibor has spoken wise words that I think I completely agree with.

So just some footnotes.
First, I think the license is a huge achievement. It gives OpenJDK and the communities around it very easy access to the JCK, far easier than I feared would be possible. We got rid of five whole pages of terms in the discussion process.
Second, despite this, I regret that it wasn't possible to meet all my own goals for it. In particular I would have liked the confidentiality terms to go too, and there are a few people who I know are disappointed by some things - sorry, let's keep working on it. Nonetheless, it hit all the goals I set for it in March.
Third I'd encourage people to engage positively and point out what's stopping them progressing - and then progress when we fix it!

Comments:

Nicely done, it allows you to pretend to be open, and still keep hindering Apache Harmony.
There's a nice move for keeping java completely in your control for as long as the JCP clowns dance to your tune.

Posted by Mike on August 10, 2007 at 04:55 AM PDT #

Not so nicely done. The new license prefers OpenJDK. It prohibits GPLed, but not OpenJDK-derived, Java implementations from using it. Such as GNU GJC with GNU Classpath.

It smells like an attempt to finish off the open source competition.

Posted by Kauer on August 10, 2007 at 05:52 PM PDT #

Nicely done. It prevents people from creating a closed source fork derived from Apache Harmony, calling it Java and bypassing the requirements of the GPL. This honors the commitment to Java compatibility.

Posted by Josh on August 14, 2007 at 03:25 AM PDT #

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