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Java now on GPL wheels

Sun Microsystems yesterday (officially) announced about making Java platform free. Now Java is available under GNU GPLv2. This is one of the most revolutionary move made by Sun. Initially Sun was about to use CDDL for licensing the open source Java platform. But the choice of GPL is a great win for the FSF community and Sun as well.

Sun’s Chief Open Source Officer Simon Phipps on answering the million dollar question, "Why GPL?" said

The question was, ‘how do we grow the Java market when eight out of 10 cell phones are Java-based?’ GPL is the perfect choice.

That is awesome!

Read more about this topic on Red Herring.

There are also rumors floating that Sun is about reconsider the licensing model of OpenSolaris as well to use GNU GPLv2.

Disclaimer: I am not talking for my employer, Sun Microsystems.


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