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Submission + - It's semi-official: Java is Free Software (GPL v2)

kjz writes: Tim Bray provides us the scoop on his blog, ongoing: "Today's story is simple: Unmodified GPL2 for our SE, ME, and EE code. GPL2 + Classpath exception for the SE libraries. Javac and HotSpot and JavaHelp code drops today. The libraries to follow, with pain expected fighting through the encumbrances. Governance TBD, but external committers are a design goal. No short-term changes in the TCK or JCP." The official announcement should come Monday at 9:30AM PST. More information should be posted by then at http://sun.com/opensource/java.

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