Re: General Resolution: Removing non-freeeral Resolution: Removing non-free
Tim vor der Brueck <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Removing non-free-software from debian means:
> No Java Development Kit any more for debian.
> kaffe has to much bugs to use it seriously.
> In the commercial world there are (mostly) only two kinds of software:
> Windows and Java.
> You may consider this.
It is my understanding that the SCSL under which all Java 2
implementations (Sun's jdk 1.2 and above, ibm's jdk1.3, etc) have to
be released (or they are not "Java 2"), is such that it can never be
part of non-free. In other words, there never will be Java 2 .debs as
"part" of Debian, whether or not non-free is abolished.
See the archives of the debian-java mailing list for details (which it
is entirely possible that I have mis-remembered).
Sun's jdk1.1 was under a different license, and could remain in
non-free as long as it exists. However, I think that jdk1.1 is
increasingly irrelevant to Java development in the commercial world.
In summary, Java is irrelevant when it comes to discussing the GR to
remove non-free - "modern" versions of it are already too unfree to be
included in non-free.
Gilbert Laycock email: email@example.com
Maths and Computer Science, http://www.mcs.le.ac.uk/~glaycock
University of Leicester phone: (+44) 116 252 3902