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Promise Kept: Sun Delivers Open Source Java

May 08, 2007, 13:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Sun Microsystems today will announce it's released a fully buildable Java Development Kit (JDK) for Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE) under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2. Sun is planning a formal announcement today at its JavaOne conference in San Francisco.

"The company said last November it intended to make the code available under the GPL once it worked out all of the legal snags, since it did not own all of the six million lines of code used to build Java.

"There are a few remaining bits of code that cannot be GPLed because Sun doesn't own them and the owner is not willing to open source the code. Sun will release those encumbered bits as binary plug-ins for the buildable code, according to Rich Sands, community marketing manager for the Open JDK community..."

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