Re: Java source released

Ernest Prabhakar (
Thu, 25 Feb 1999 17:23:08 -0800

So, what is the overall feeling of the 'open source' community, at least as
represented by those FoRKers who consider themselves UNIX hackers of some

Is the SCSL a good step, or a lame attempt to innoculate against 'real' open
source stuff?

-- Ernie P.

>From: "Robert S. Thau" <>
>To: Mark Kuharich <>
>Cc: "'Robert Harley'" <>, "'FoRK a Unix process'"
>Subject: RE: Java source released
>Date: Thu, Feb 25, 1999, 8:48 AM

>Mark Kuharich writes:
> > GPL purists say the SCSL doesn't go far enough. If you sell a Java product,
> > you'll have to pay Sun on the back end. A razorblades strategy. Also, if you
> > donate bug fixes, there is no guarantee that your fix will be redistributed
> > to the world. Regardless, it's a step in the right direction and a heck of a
> > lot better than anything Microsoft has
>The "usual" license flamewar in the free software community is GPL
>vs. BSD-license (or BSD-ish license, depending on who you're talking
>to), but I think the BSD(ish)-license partisans would be as much put
>out by these SCSL terms than the GPL party. So I'm not sure why
>you're putting this solely on "GPL purists".