At LinuxWorld Expo last night, Sun held a informal press conference and gave the developer community a few updates on the progress of Java becoming fully Open Source. While exact details have not been given out yet, it is expected that by the end of CY 2006, a “Significant” amount of Java source code will be released, depending on when various encumberances can be removed. An Open Source license for Java has not yet been chosen, meaning that its not a given that CDDL, the license by which OpenSolaris is licensed, is going to be used. GPL(v3) and a few others are also under consideration as well.
In the meantime, here are some links that you can check out that talk about it further:
Simon Phipps' blog:
Mark Reinhold's blog:
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