How to distribute JDK with not-for-profit app ?
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Posted By:   Thomas_Dunn
Posted On:   Sunday, April 29, 2001 08:40 AM

I am writing a simple Java IDE for children/young people and beginning programmers. My goal is to promote the love of programming in young people. I want to make it really easy and fun. The IDE is still alpha, but I will be releasing a version soon. It will be released under the GPL. In trying to make it easy for the user, I wish I could just have one install that installs the IDE and the JDK (1.3). Installing the both the IDE and JDK separately gets confusing for the younger kids. (I am volunteering with http://www.citizenschools.org , teaching a Java programming class). I would like to distribute the JDK, unmodified, with all license agreements in tact (I would also include the license as part of the installation    More>>

I am writing a simple Java IDE for children/young people and beginning programmers. My goal is to promote the love of programming in young people. I want to make it really easy and fun. The IDE is still alpha, but I will be releasing a version soon. It will be released under the GPL.


In trying to make it easy for the user, I wish I could just have one install that installs the IDE and the JDK (1.3). Installing the both the IDE and JDK separately gets confusing for the younger kids. (I am volunteering with http://www.citizenschools.org , teaching a Java programming class).


I would like to distribute the JDK, unmodified, with all license agreements in tact (I would also include the license as part of the installation process). JBuilder comes bundled with the JDK, and I'm sure there are others out there that do also. Do they license ($$$) it? Does anyone know of a way I can do this legally?


If you are interested in the IDE, JUDO, look at http://kersploosh.com/judo in a month, there is nothing there right now though.

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Re: How to distribute JDK with not-for-profit app ?

Posted By:   Dermot_Hennessy  
Posted On:   Wednesday, May 16, 2001 09:08 AM

My understanding (although this could not be taken to be legal advice) is that development of a commercial product involves payment of a licence fee to Sun. The best people to talk to in this regard would be Sun themselves however. As they have championed the concept of freely distributing the JDK for non commercial use, and as they would obviously have an interested in encouraging young Java programmers, I am sure that they would be willing to accommodate you.



Hope this helps.

Dermot
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