[kaffe] Can Kaffe profit from the released JDK in Sun's SCSL?

Dalibor Topic robilad at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 20 08:45:01 PDT 2003

--- Jim Pick <jim at kaffe.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 2003-06-20 at 01:21, Mario Smit wrote:
> > Or is it legally not possible to mix SCSL and GPL code?
> I haven't read the SCSL myself, but others have, and I haven't heard
> anybody claim that it's open enough to be considered an "open source"
> license.  I'm using the opensource.org definitition here, which is based
> on the Debian project's licensing guidelines.
> Even mixing various open source licenses gets a bit messy.
> I just stumbled across some articles this morning:
> "ComputerWorld: Java Should Be Open-Source, Creator Says"
> "ComputerWorld: Q&A: Sun's Jonathan Schwartz on Java's future"
> So it looks like Sun is at least talking about it...

Yeah, but that doesn't mean it's going to be GPL compatible. At least they
GPLed Star Office. ;)

More information on SCSL:


I'd sum it up as: "SCSL is bad for you". ;)

Anyway, it would be nice if they would release their Java Compatibility Kit for
recent versions. Then clean-room projects like kaffe could be evaluated by
anyone on how well they comply to Sun's tests of the specs. 

I don't know why Sun didn't free the JCK to counter Microsoft's actions back
then. If they had released it, everybody could have easily evaluated for
themselves how shoddy Microsoft's implementation was.

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