3/17/2005

Sun tweaks Java licensing

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:54 am

Sun Microsystems on Wednesday tweaked its Java licensing, emphasizing that the company wants to make Java as open source as possible while maintaining platform compatibility.

The vendor also provided an update on the next version of Java, which boosts Web services functionality on the client side.

Key to the company鈥檚 licensing plan is Project Peabody, which introduces a new scheme called a JIUL (Java Internal Use License), pronounced 鈥渏ewel.鈥? Under JIUL, users can change Java source code for their internal use only. JIUL is based on an honor system in which Sun expects compatibility to the J2SE specification but relies on users to ensure that compatibility. Use of Java under JIUL is free.

There is a risk, though, of Java forking because of JIUL but the company is allowing users to take that risk, said Graham Hamilton, a Sun vice president and Sun Fellow in the company鈥檚 Java platform group, during a teleconference. Forking of Java previously has yielded only regrets, according to Sun officials.

JIUL is expected to be ready in about a month.

Sun with its licensing efforts is seeking to appease open source advocates and those emphasizing compatibility.

Source: InfoWorld

 

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