Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by David at 2006-11-13 18:10
This bit of the XHTML 1.0 Spec seems pretty insane - but can I get some sanity from www-html?
Posted by ats at 2006-11-13 16:17
"Sun is open sourcing all of its Java platform implementations under same license (called GPL Version 2) used by the GNU/Linux operating system."
"Specifically Sun is announcing: GPL v2 license for Sun's Java SE (JDK) and Java ME implementations, and adding this license to Sun's Java EE implementation."
Well, that's nice -- not just having Java available under the GPL, but also the prominent use of distinctly Indian-sounding English on Sun's web pages.
The skeptic in me does wonder if someone was prodding them to use the GPLv2 rather than the regular "and any later version" wording specifically to piss off the FSF, though.
In particular, that "used by the GNU/Linux operating system" is completely wrong -- "GNU/Linux" refers to Linux with a GNU userland, and it's only the Linux kernel there that's GPLv2-only.
Most of the userland's under either GPLv2-or-later, or other licenses.
In general, there's a distinct feel that whoever wrote that FAQ doesn't really have much of a clue about licensing: "GPL makes proprietary forks less likely, as all changes must be published", for example, which is rubbish.