7045697: JDK7 THIRD PARTY README update

Andrew John Hughes ahughes at redhat.com
Tue Jul 12 13:34:17 UTC 2011

On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 12:40:43PM +0200, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> Hi,
> Sorry for the late response, but I just stumbled upon:
> > hg: jdk7/tl: 7045697: JDK7 THIRD PARTY README update
> > Changeset: 93d2590fd849
> > Author:    jeff
> > Date:      2011-05-27 14:57 -0700
> > URL:       http://hg.openjdk.java.net/jdk7/tl/rev/93d2590fd849
> >
> > 7045697: JDK7 THIRD PARTY README update
> > Reviewed-by: lana
> > 
> Since this is a license update I wanted to double check, but the change
> diff is somewhat hard to read. Sadly I couldn't find the mailinglist
> this was discussed on, nor does the referenced bug report make clear
> what exactly was fixed/changed. Could someone summarize the legal
> updates, or point me to the correct mailing list archive discussion on
> this changeset?

I also couldn't find any discussion on this either, and two of the
dependent bugs are not visible.  Of particular concern is:

+%% This notice is provided with respect to Elliptic Curve Cryptography, which
+is included with JRE 7, JDK 7, and OpenJDK 7.
+You are receiving a copy of the Elliptic Curve Cryptography library in source
+form with the JDK 7 source distribution and object code in the JRE 7 & JDK 7
+The terms of the Oracle license do NOT apply to the Elliptic Curve
+Cryptography library program; it is licensed under the following license,
+separately from the Oracle programs you receive. If you do not wish to install
+this program, you may delete the library named libsunec.so (on Solaris and
+Linux systems) or sunec.dll (on Windows systems) from the JRE bin directory
+reserved for native libraries. 

It is not completely clear that the 'Oracle license' is the lesser GPL 2.1
that appears below; is this the case and could this not be stated explicitly
in the text?

The above also speaks about removing binaries.  I didn't think binaries were
allowed in the OpenJDK source trees?  I also didn't realise we were receiving
any 'Oracle programs'.

> Thanks,
> Mark

Andrew :)

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