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Date:      Mon, 27 Aug 2001 11:50:14 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Brian Behlendorf <>
To:        Anthony Green <>
Cc:        Greg Lewis <>, <>, <freebsd-java@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: Contributing...
Message-ID:  <20010827113108.H53858-100000@localhost>
In-Reply-To: <000201c12f00$096e17c0$>

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On Sun, 26 Aug 2001, Anthony Green wrote:
> While I'm on the subject I'll complain about something that is really
> troublesome.  Some of the more recent specs from Sun (J2ME and others) say
> something like: feel free to implement a cleanroom version of this spec, but
> make sure you implement every single class and no more.  What's not clear to
> me is how rules like this play in the Open Source world.   Does this mean no
> intermediate releases with missing functionality?  Do you have to be "closed
> source" until it's all done?  I suppose I'll have to go to Sun for
> clarification, but opinions are welcome.

Speaking as someone who's been dealing with this from the Apache side of
things... it is incompatible with open source licensing.  This is being
addressed (and fixed, hopefully) within the Java Community Process.


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