Problems acquiring an OpenJDK TCK license?

Simon Phipps simon at
Sun Feb 6 08:16:58 PST 2011

On 6 Feb 2011, at 16:59, Mike Milinkovich wrote:

> At the risk of picking a barely-healed scab, isn't TCK licensing outside of
> the scope of OpenJDK governance?
> I understand how --- if you are so inclined --- you can start pulling at the
> threads to the point where every issue related to Java can be conflated with
> OpenJDK governance. But I don't see how that is going to be a particularly
> useful or constructive exercise.

TCK licensing as a general commercial topic is undoubtedly beyond the scope of the OpenJDK governance and indeed none of the OpenJDK community's business. 

However, the availability of a no-charge TCK license to members of the OpenJDK community to ensure their contributions and private builds do not diverge from the JSRs they implement is a key part of the dynamic of the OpenJDK community. Without it, the ability of community members who do not have a private agreement with Oracle to contribute in a meaningful way is severely restricted.  

As such surely falls well within the oversight of the governance board. Clearly it's a tough subject and must not become an excuse to pry into commercially sensitive contracts, but it's entirely reasonable for the community to be assured that the TCK is in fact available as promised.


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