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Comment Re:Wasn't Java open sourced? (Score 1) 223 223

That woudln't be putting it into the public domain. Only the actual destruction of the copyright can do that.

This is merely a binding covenant not to sue.

Promissory estoppel will quickly come into play if you try to backtrack. But you still own the coyright.

Comment Re:Clean room implementation? (Score 1) 223 223

The idea is that the kernel api is not meant for public usage, but only for other kernel code. Furthermore, they claim that anything that close to the kernel is interoperating so tightly with it that it's effectively a derived work.

The java api, otoh, was designed for public use.

"Virtual" means never knowing where your next byte is coming from.

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