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LinuxWorld: Not quite Open Source, but closer: An analysis of Sun's new Java license

Dec 10, 1998, 16:18 (0 Talkback[s])

(Author Stig Hackvän takes a close look at Sun Microsystems's recently announced changes to the Java software license.)

Sun calls the the new Java license its Sun Community Source License (SCSL). Precise terms of the new Java license will not be made available until January, 1999.

SCSL is customized for each different product and Sun already uses SCSL to license its Jini technology.

"The Java platform is definitely not free software, but it is more open than it was before. The cost of gaining access to the platform's source code has been greatly reduced and the level of freedom granted to members of the community of SCSL licensees has been greatly increased."

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