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Submission + - Apache sends open letter to Sun over license terms

twofish writes: "The Apache Software Foundation has posted an open letter to Sun documenting Apache's inability to "acquire an acceptable license for the Java SE 5 technology compatibility kit" needed for the Apache Harmony project.The license for the TCK includes a limit regarding field of use, which the open letter says is contrary to the spirit of open source and yields a significant commercial advantage to Sun.

From the letter:

"Besides holding back the Harmony project — a community-led open source project of the ASF since May of 2005 — this failure to comply with your contractual obligations poses serious risk to the credibility of the JCP as an open standards organization, and the reputation of Java itself as an open technology. We believe that this also threatens the general cooperative nature of the commercial Java ecosystem, puts at risk the long-standing positive relationship between Sun and the ASF, and probably between Sun and the broader open source community — all of which is key to the continued growth of Java.""

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