alternative to java

Patrick Ohnewein patrick.ohnewein at
Tue Mar 30 10:10:53 UTC 2004

Hello Julien!

julien at schrieb:
> Hello,
> I would like to know if there's some GPL's alternative to java.
> We work with french university and they wan to develop a software under 
> java but we have this problem that java is not GPL, is there nice 
> equivalent to java??

You have to distinguish between Java and the Java VM. Java is an object 
oriented language and has no licence attached. Ok the term Java is a 
trademark, but that's just a name.

So your problems are Sun's implementations of the Java VM and the Java 

For these problems the Free Software community is working hard to 
provide free implementations of the VM and the libraries.

An interesting document is the Debian GNU/Linux Java FAQ:

Some time ago I startet a progect to collect information and maybe 
create a Free Java Environment. You can find an initial draft of my 
document hier:

Happy hacking!

Save software competition, use GNU/Linux and a free Java implementation, 
like GNU Classpath (!
Also visit the Linux User Group in South Tirol.

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