Posted by theuserbl
on August 17, 2006 at 5:21 AM PDT
Don't forget to put also the demo-programs of the JDK under an OpenSource-license!
Until JDK 1.4 for the demos existing the following non-OpenSource-license:
Since the JDK 1.5 there existing this one:
and it is still not OpenSource.
It is the BSD-license (http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php ) ... :
> Copyright (c) 2004 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
> Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
> modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
> -Redistribution of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this
> list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
> -Redistribution in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice,
> this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation
> and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
> Neither the name of Sun Microsystems, Inc. or the names of contributors may
> be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without
> specific prior written permission.
> This software is provided "AS IS," without a warranty of any kind. ALL
> EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, INCLUDING
> ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE
> OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED. SUN MIDROSYSTEMS, INC. ("SUN")
> AND ITS LICENSORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES SUFFERED BY LICENSEE
> AS A RESULT OF USING, MODIFYING OR DISTRIBUTING THIS SOFTWARE OR ITS
> DERIVATIVES. IN NO EVENT WILL SUN OR ITS LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST
> REVENUE, PROFIT OR DATA, OR FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL,
> INCIDENTAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, HOWEVER CAUSED AND REGARDLESS OF THE THEORY
> OF LIABILITY, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SOFTWARE,
> EVEN IF SUN HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
... plus an extension, which makes it to a non-OpenSource license:
> You acknowledge that this software is not designed, licensed or intended
> for use in the design, construction, operation or maintenance of any
> nuclear facility.
That is also the reason, why GNU Classpath have never included the demo-programs to its examples.
It isn't possible to integrate code of such files in OpenSource programs.
And authors, which want to integrate it in its own (possible ClosedSource) programs, must also mention, that its own programs are not for nuclear facility.
The problem is the "You acknowledge that this software is not designed, licensed or intended for use in ...".
You could also say
You acknowledge that this software is not designed, licensed or intended for
- gen manipulation
- weapen production
- human war
But all is only political. And all makes the license to a non-OpenSource-license.
So I think it would be nice, if with making the JDK OpenSource, you also makes the demo-programs OpenSource.
(Btw: Instead of "SUN MICROSYSTEMS" stands in the license "SUN MIDROSYSTEMS").