Classpath exception

Patrick Finch pfinch at
Wed Mar 11 13:51:12 UTC 2009

I believe that it was in partly (but by no means exclusively) on the 
recommendation of the FSF: the FSF recommends the GPL + CE over the LGPL.

Sun was also seeking to attract developers from Classpath.




On 3/11/09 2:46 PM, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> A non-F/OSS-savvy co-worker asked me (as the resident F/OSS expert in a
> mostly closed-source shop) about the implications of the GPL for Java
> code.  The quick answer is that HotSpot and the standard library are
> distributed under the GPL with the classpath exception, but I'm a little
> unclear on the details of the latter.  If it thinks what I think it
> means, I don't see why Sun couldn't simply have used the LGPL.  Any
> pointers?

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