Subject: Re: Proprietary but flexible licenses.
From: Ben Laurie <>
Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 09:20:54 +0100

Danese Cooper wrote:
> 5. The Compatibility Rules for Java2, Standard Edition identify some code that you
> cannot modify (because Sun feels that any other implementation would break the "Write
> Run Anywhere" value proposition of Java).  For this reason, a "cleanroom" clone of
> Java2, Standard Edition couldn't possibly pass compatibility.  You MUST use some Sun

If compatibility tests can't detect this without reading the source
(which, of course, they can't), they are clearly mislabelled. I presume
they should be called "profit protection tests".




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