Status of Java in FreeBSD? (OpenSolaris is dead)

Antonio Vieiro antonio at
Fri Aug 13 19:47:34 UTC 2010

On 13/08/2010 20:57, Roland Smith wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 07:59:20PM +0200, Antonio Vieiro wrote:

>> I'm currently using OpenJDK16 from ports. Is OpenJDK free from Oracle
>> hands or not?
> Depends what you mean by free. It's under the GPLv2, so I think you should be
> good wrt copyrights.

I think that the Diablo JVM has Sun source code [1], and this is 
released under a partner agreement or something, so I imagine Oracle 
could shut it down as well, right?

OpenJDK is under GPLV2, but I'm not sure it covers the whole JVM. I'll 
try to find out.



> Patents might be different matter, though! To the best of my knowledge, the EU
> law doesn't allow patenting software. But if you really want to know where you
> stand you should consult a lawyer who knows Spanish and EU patent law.
> People in the US could very well be screwed, however. OTOH, Oracle's lawsuit
> against Google over Android could potentially lead to the patents asserted in
> that case being found invalid
> Roland

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