BSD port

Carla.Schroer at Sun.COM Carla.Schroer at Sun.COM
Thu Feb 14 11:37:34 PST 2008

Bringing the BSD port into the OpenJDK Community under the GPL license is something that Sun would very much like to see happen.

We believe that the work that's so far been done on the BSD port is based on code obtained under the Sun Community Source License (SCSL).  We need to understand if any of the work was done on code obtained under a different license, such as the Java Research License (JRL). The SCSL license does provide for code modifications to be given back to Sun with sufficient rights and does not require a Sun Contributor Agreement (SCA) in order to do so.  So we do need to make sure that we are getting the code back under SCSL.

In order to minimize the engineering effort for Sun, we need to work out a way for you to provide diffs to us that correspond to the latest OpenJDK code rather than the SCSL'd code with which you started, since the OpenJDK code has already been cleared for distribution under the GPL.  We would like to work with you on the best way to do this so that the code can be published in an OpenJDK project as soon as possible.

It would also help us if someone that worked on this port could provide the name of the specific entity (or individuals) that signed the SCSL agreement where this work took place, as well as any other licenses the work was done under.

Thanks for your patience in waiting for this answer.  With various travels, the holidays, and other items on our legal list, this took longer than we'd all hoped.  We believe we now have a path to move forward and make this happen.


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