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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] Savannah's position on Java implementation

From: Sylvain Beucler
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] Savannah's position on Java implementations
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:05:55 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Sun, Dec 21, 2008 at 01:27:58PM -0600, Karl Berry wrote:
>     For example, what would be the decision on "runs on version 6 of Java"?
> The general criteria is the same as always: it needs to run using only
> free software.
> In practice, what that means for Java is that it should run (and
> recommend) using something like openjdk, icedtea, gcj, classpath.  The
> developers should have actually tried it and confirmed that it works.
> "Version 6 of Java" sounds like he is using the original Sun JDK which,
> unfortunately, remains distributed under a proprietary license, even
> though the bulk of the code is also in openjdk now.

We've got a summary here:

As Karl said, the submitter needs to install a Free Java suite and
test his project with it, now and in the future. It's not enough to
"use the standard API", the submitter needs to make sure each of his
releases work with free software.

OpenJDK is now packaged in Fedora, Debian, Mandriva, Ubuntu and
others, so it isn't much difficult to do so.


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