Computerworld: Sun Eyeing GPL for OpenSolaris

“It’s not every day your boss puts you on the spot. But that’s
exactly what the head of Sun Microsystems Inc. did to his chief
software executive today as they both celebrated the vendor’s move
to make its core Java platform freely available.

“Sun confirmed that it’s open-sourcing both its Java Platform
Standard Edition (Java SE) and its Java Platform Micro Edition
(Java ME) under the GNU General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2).
GPLv2 is a popular license already used by free and open-source
software (FOSS) projects and products including the Linux operating
system. It’s the first time Sun, which has committed to open-source
all its software, has adopted a license other than its own Common
Development and Distribution License…”

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