Proposed update to the OpenJDK Web Site Terms of Use

Mark Wielaard mark at
Thu Jul 5 21:31:44 UTC 2012

Hi Mark,

On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 12:10:48PM -0700, mark.reinhold at wrote:
> The primary goal of this update is to allow work on specifications for
> Java SE JSRs to take place in the OpenJDK Community, right alongside the
> work on their reference implementations.

So the goal is to make the export group discussions, specification
proposals and comments public alongside the other OpenJDK comminuty
interactions so that it is easy to evaluate JSR to be by making GPL
implementations to see how they work out in practice. The FAQ implies
you should not mix and match comments, evaluation and implementation
code on the same list. But I assume it is fine to post something
referencing one or the other (e.g. posting something like "I tried
implementing the FooBar property for all Baz classes as described in
paragraph 42, I won't post the code on this list, but it can be seen
over there in my public repo and is available under the GPL, evaluating
the included benchmark shows that... etc.")

> The Expert Groups for such JSRs
> will hold their technical discussions in the open, for all to see.  The
> specifications they create will continue to be licensed under terms
> similar to those used in the past [2], but no click-through agreement
> will be required in order to access specification materials.

I take this to mean that you don't need to agree to the terms that are
incompatible with creating a GPL implementation anymore just to read
the now public specifications. That is really, really useful. Thanks.



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