Oracle retrage licenta Java pentru Linux

In cadrul unui mic articol, Oracle anunta sec retragerea licentei de distributie a Java pentru Linux. Asa cum bine se stie JavaRE si JavaDK au fost distribuite ca si pachet in cadrul distributiilor linux in repo-uri non-free, datorita licentei sale “non-open-source”. Motivul retragerii licentei este oferit de un angajat Oracle, Dalibor Topic: With Java SE 7 and JDK 7 out of the door, and with OpenJDK as the official Java SE 7 reference implementation, and OpenJDK serving as the basis for future Oracle JDK 7 update releases through the now up and running JDK 7 Updates Project it’s finally time to retire the “Operating System Distributor License for Java” (DLJ). Retragerea acestei licente atrage dupa sine folosirea unei licente Oracle, din nou Dalibor Topic: As a consequence, further Oracle JDK 6 (or Oracle JDK 7) releases on Linux and Solaris will not be provided under the DLJ. They will continue to be provided under the familar Oracle JDK license, the BCL.

Ce inseamna asta pentr userii obisnuiti sau developeri? In principiu echipele din cadrul distributiilor linux care se ocupa cu crearea pachetelor Java, vor sterge aceste pachete ce contin programul proprietar din repo-uri ca urmare a disparitiei licentei DLJ (“Operating System Distributor License for Java”). In al doilea rand utilizatorii vor depinde de openJDK, care este instalat default din ce am vzaut pe multe distributii linux sau vor putea sa descarce individual Java folosind acest link. Oare asta sa fie adevaratul motiv al retragerii licentei?…

Ce este openJDK? Am folosit acest termen destul de des, asa ca iata si o definitie a lui: OpenJDK (aka Open Java Development Kit) is a free and open source implementation of the Java programming language.[2] It is the result of an effort Sun Microsystems began in 2006. The implementation is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) with a linking exception, which exempts components of the Java class library from the GPL licensing terms. La o atenta cautare pe Google am putut descoperi si motive de ingrijorare, precum afirma un packager de la Debian pe blogul sau. Desi avem openJDK, se stie bine, ca mai are ceva drum de parcurs pana sa se apropie de performantele si stabilitatea produsului oferit de Sun, mai apoi Oracle. In timpul cat eu am redactat acest articol probabil ca un angajat Oracle a avut un “orgasm cerebral” prin care sa mai dea motive de palpitatie comunitatilor open-source. Intai Solaris, apoi Java, ce mai urmeaza?

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