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NewsForge: Lutris backs off support of Open Source Enhydra, citing problems with Sun license

Sep 14, 2001, 14:05 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)
"Application server maker Lutris Technologies has pulled its support from the Open Source Enterprise Enhydra project because the company and Sun Microsystems haven't been able to agree on an Open Source version of Sun's Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition. However, a Sun spokesman says his company has no plans to give up controls on the compatibility between J2EE-based programs.

Late last week, Lutris released a statement saying it had stopped hosting the Enterprise Enhydra project at Enhydra.org . In the statement, attributed to Lutris president Yancy Lind and CTO Paul Morgan, Lutris says: "While we regret this action, it is necessary in order to satisfy J2EE licensing restrictions. J2EE has not been released as Open Source. We attempted for more than a year to get an Open Source compatible license for J2EE but have not been successful in this regard. While others in the Open Source community may find violating the J2EE license an acceptable risk, as a company Lutris has a responsibility to protect its assets."

Lind and Morgan go on to say Lutris will concentrate its efforts on several other projects at Enhydra.org not based on a Sun license and on its commercial projects, including Lutris Enhydra, a Java/XML application server."

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