java jvm/jdk

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sun Nov 7 14:06:26 CST 2004

On Sun, Nov 07, 2004 at 01:33:12PM -0600, Kapil Thangavelu wrote:

> i responded to this earlier today, but it appears my message got
> caught up in some mailman admin queue because of the size of the attached
> license file. for those interested, i've put the license online at 

That license seems to explicitly prohibit giving a copy of the program to
someone else.  You may only make backup copies, or transfer the license
entirely to someone else.

> You may transfer a Program and all of Your license rights and obligations
> to another party only if that party agrees to the terms of this Agreement.
> When You transfer the Program, You must also transfer a copy of this
> Agreement, including the Program's PoE. After the transfer, You may not use
> the Program.

> Authorization for Use on Home/Portable Computer: 1
> Authorization for Use on Home/Portable Computer:
> "1" means that the Program may be stored on the primary machine and another
> machine, provided that the Program is not in active use on both machines at
> the same time.

> that gentoo page is out of date. it used to be the case, but as of ibm-jdk
> 1.4 gentoo does distribute the jdk via its mirrors. i've attached the
> license for the jdk (also distributed w/ gentoo). whether this is the
> basis of distribution or if they've come to an agreement with ibm, i don't
> know.

If you can find references to any discussion on the matter, and how they
arrived at the conclusion that they could redistribute this software, I
would be interested.

 - mdz

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