OpenJDK Bug Tracking Project

Mark Wielaard mark at
Sun Mar 6 09:16:39 PST 2011

On Sun, 2011-03-06 at 16:49 +0000, Steve Poole wrote:
> On 06/03/11 14:26, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> > On Sun, March 6, 2011 11:56, Steve Poole wrote:
> >> On 04/03/11 18:41, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> >>> That last two are non-free proprietary products so out of scope.
> >> Why does that make them out of scope?
> > Simply because openjdk is a free software project and community.
> > As Andrew pointed out, the openjdk bug tracking FAQ explicitly
> > states proprietary solutions like Jira are out of scope:
> > "The other primary reason: we want to fully embrace the Open
> > Source paradigm"
> >
> >
> That's interesting,    Personally I don't see a problem with using non 
> free systems.  Infrastructure of any sort is never free - someone always 
> has to pay for it.    Oracle or IBM or some other sponsor has to be  
> willing to stump up the cash for the required hosting at the very 
> least.  If they are willing to go further and spend money on a  
> licence/support for a system we desire - why should the OpenJDK 
> community turn down such an opportunity?

I wouldn't mind at all if someone would help with the hosting or
hardware costs. You are right such things aren't free/gratis. But
it also isn't such a big deal. Currently for IcedTea we have both
covered by volunteer (non-corporate) contributions.

But it is something entirely different if the infrastructure itself
would be non-free/proprietary. Users, especially those maintaining the
infrastructure setup, should have the same freedoms as we are promoting
with the OpenJDK project itself.

FWIW. The whole IcedTea infrastructure is deployed based on free
software solutions. As are lots of other open source projects.



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