OpenJDK JRE & Embedded Devices

Andrew Haley aph at
Tue Feb 1 11:30:25 UTC 2011

On 02/01/2011 11:01 AM, stephane.jeanjean at wrote:
>>> Is it possible to distribute a device with an embedded royalty free OpenJDK JRE ?
>> You should consult your lawyer.  Having said that, I am not a
>> lawyer but I can't seen anything in the licence that would stop you.
>> The only thing that gives you permission is the licence,
>> which you should read to determine if you agree to its terms
>> and if it gives you the permissions you need.
> OK. So it seems not so simple as I imagine. Because when lawyers are
> there, it is not simple ! :P The different ways of your answers seem
> to show that this kind of use is not clear. Perhaps, it depends of
> the context and the use ?

No, that is not true, and I did not say that.  There are no field of
use restrictions on OpenJDK AFAIK.

All of us on this list believe that OpenJDK is free software, and you
have the freedom to:

     * run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
     * study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish (freedom 1).
     * redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
     * distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3).

My point is that you are asking for legal advice from people who are
not lawyers.  If you really want to know, read the licence.  I think
it is pretty clear-cut, and gives you the freedom you need.  But my
opinion is no substitute for reading the licence.

Do I have to say it again?  Read the licence.


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