Dionysius, God of Wine and Leaf
brings news that Sun Microsystems will be removing the last restrictions on Java
to make it completely open source. Sun wants Java to be easily available for use in Linux distributions. We've discussed the steps Sun has taken
to open-source Java
over the past couple years. From Yahoo! News:
"'We've been engaging with the open-source community for Java to finish off the OpenJDK project, and the specific thing that we've been working on with them is clearing the last bits that we didn't have the rights,' to distribute, Sands said. 'Over the past year, we have pretty much removed most of those encumbrances.' Work still needs to be done to offer the Java sound engine and SNMP code via open source; that effort is expected to be completed this year. Developers, though, may be able to proceed without a component like the sound engine, Sands said.