[techtalk] GPL Questions

Michelle astraea at vivid.net
Thu Nov 11 11:20:17 EST 1999

I'm not sure of the legal technicalities either, but this might be a start:

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephan Zaniolo <eaglefeather at mindspring.com>
To: techtalk at linuxchix.org <techtalk at linuxchix.org>
Date: Thursday, November 11, 1999 10:00 AM
Subject: [techtalk] GPL Questions

> Ok, I'm not sure if this should be asked here or in issues....  I'm
>working on a project that will consist of a database (IBM-DB2), and some
>home-brewed Java 1.1 applets and servlet(s?).  I'm interested in licensing
>these under the terms of the GPL, but I remember hearing somewhere that
>Java is not a "free" language and therefore can't be licensed under the
>GPL.  First, why is Java not a "free" language?  Can it be licensed under
>the GPL?  I understand that the GPL has the "virus-like" quality that if
>any part of a GPLed program is used in another program, it must also be
>licensed under the GPL.  Is this a correct understanding ?  Will this cause
>a problem since we're going to be using a commercial database (IBM's DB2)
>with JDBC?  (i.e. Does it work in reverse as well?  Do we need to use a
>GPLed database or go with a different license?)
> (Sorry, I'm a newbie at this legal stuff)
>Thanks in advance,
>techtalk at linuxchix.org   http://www.linuxchix.org

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