Sun Open Sources Java Under GPLv2
Releases Source Code Under GPL License Via NetBeans And Java.net Communities
By: Open Source News
Nov. 13, 2006 11:00 AM
Sun Microsystems announced it is releasing its implementations of Java technology as free software under the GNU General Public License version two (GPLv2). The first pieces of source code for Sun's implementation of Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE) are available and a buildable implementation of Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME). In addition, Sun is adding the GPLv2 license to Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE), which has been available for over a year under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) through Project GlassFish.
Sun is releasing three significant software components for the ongoing development of Sun's open source implementation of Java SE in the Java.net community: Java HotSpot technology, the Java programming language compiler (javac) and JavaHelp software. Sun expects to release a buildable JDK in the first quarter of 2007, following established free software community practices for licensing virtual machines and their associated libraries.
Java HotSpot technology and javac are two of the most important elements of Java SE; Java HotSpot technology is the Sun implementation of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the core component of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which translates Java code to the specific operating system and chip architecture, allowing Java software to run everywhere and javac is the compiler that analyzes Java source code for correctness and generates proper bytecodes for execution. JavaHelp software is the documentation system to complement the JDK.
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