foreign code contributions

Michael Allman msa at
Tue Feb 23 10:44:45 PST 2010

On Tue, 23 Feb 2010, Mark Wielaard wrote:

> On Mon, 2010-02-22 at 22:15 -0800, Michael Allman wrote:
>> On Tue, 23 Feb 2010, Dalibor Topic wrote:
>>> Michael Allman wrote:
>>>> Does the BSD jdk port accept code contributions from non-copyright
>>>> holders?
>>> It follows the same rule 0 as the rest of the project:
>>> i.e. your patch needs to come in under SCA.
>> Wasn't sure.  Thanks for the clarification.
> If you need to we can setup a repository at icedtea to hold any
> trees/patches that people cannot assign to Sun.
>>>> For example, GNU classpath has a kqueue-based selector implementation.
>>>> Can we "steal" that?
>>> No. But you can ask Casey and his coauthors if they are interested
>>> in contributing the implementation, of course.
>> Already did.  He forfeited his copyright.  FSF owns the code now.
> The FSF does give a grant back of the rights Sun demands in their SCA,
> so in theory (if someone is the sole contributor of such code) all these
> rights can then also be transferred to Sun if they refuse to accept the
> code as is under the GPL and the original hacker wants to do that.

This might be a moot point.  Another hacker by the name of Pieter de Goeje 
is implementing his own kqueue-based selector implementation for FreeBSD. 
Dalibor Topic clued me in to this.  See

I sent him an e-mail asking him if he wants to donate his code to OpenJDK. 
If so, we're cool.



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