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Re: [gNewSense-users] Free Java

From: Deborah Nicholson
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Free Java
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 13:13:23 -0400

> > > Anyone knows when gNS would be having a free implementation of Sun
> > > GPLed Java included by default?
> but openjdk is not sun's java, is it? i think we talk about the 'original' 
> java here, equipped with a free license by sun.

Open JDK is Sun's but it isn't the same as their proprietary Java. What
most people probably think of as the "official" java implementation, is
still non-free and can't be entirely GPL'ed by Sun, because a third
party holds the copyrights on some bits. 

Sun has GPL'ed what they can and the Open JDK folks are in the process
of developing replacements for those parts that weren't GPL'ed. In the
meantime, software that depends on the proprietary Java is still
considered non-free. 

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