Improving Java for Linux

tony at tony at
Wed Nov 5 17:41:28 PST 1997

Nelson Minar wrote:

> I meant to ask why doesn't Sun lift some of the restrictions on the
> *source license* for the VM. Binary licensing is a totally different
> issue, I'm sorry I didn't make myself more clear. Sun's making it
> difficult to get hands on the Java VM source code hinders the spread
> of Java, and as near as I can tell protects no valuable intellectual
> property of Sun's.

If, for starters, they would just make compatibility test suites public
( there are various intepretations of the meaning of 'public' so, I'll
better say:  freely available for download and requiring no licensing)
quite a few developers would breathe more easily.  


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