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Re: IBM doesn't like the GPL

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: IBM doesn't like the GPL
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 10:10:24 -0400
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
Hyman Rosen wrote:
On the contrary, the campaign successfully led to Sun
releasing Java under the GPL,

Putting SUN's stock price into free fall, bringing massive layoffs, and
fire sale of the company. GNU's made a great job at SUN.

Except that Java was always "open source". The source code was
available for download and use for free for many years before
it was released under the GPL. Releasing it under the GPL made
it possible to incorporate it into pure Free Software projects.

If IBM acquires SUN you can be assured that open sourced version of Java
will end up as either eclipse or apache project with its license changed
away from the GPL pretty soon.

Buh-bye GPL'd Java.

But products under the Apache license and Eclipse license are free software
and are compatible with the GPL. So you are (unsurprisingly) wrong. Not to
mention that already GPLed Java is perpetually so.


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