[CentOS] GPL java

Ralph Angenendt ra+centos at br-online.de
Thu Nov 16 10:54:01 UTC 2006

Jim Perrin wrote:
> 1. Sun did not open all of java under the GPL. There are still several
> chunks of java which remain license encumbered and will require
> community workarounds or further moves by Sun to open code. Currently
> these include the color management code, font rasteriser code,
> graphics rasteriser code, and several more.

The complete classes seem to be missing at the moment anyway, SUN seems
to go for a "full" release somewhen in the first half of 2007. 

> 2. Sun is not opening up the Java trademark, so any GPL'd distribution
> of java will not be called 'java', but something else. I've heard that
> iceweasel is taken, so I don't know what the next best option is.

[root at shutdown ~]# yum -e0 -d2 provides sumatra
No Matches found

> The fine folks at jpackage are working the details further. This
> basically means that for the time being, there will not be a gpl'd jdk
> in centos4, and packages will have to be distributed under the DLJ
> license (which I am not a fan of) or obtained from java.sun.com and
> used in conjunction with the jpackage sun-java-compat packages for
> best performance.

For further reading I suggest the comprehensive "General FAQ" at


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