I just got off the phone with Sun, and the legal wrangling continues.
Basically, Sun wants to puts all sorts of limitations on the
distribution, as well as make me (personally) responsible for all sorts
of bad things that could occur.
There are lots of personal liabilities and issues with how the binary
distribution is made (ie; restrictions) that I'm unwilling to buy into,
so we're going rounds again to try and get things settled.
On the positive side, I think we're all in agreement as to the intent of
the license. They understand what we're trying to do, and I understand
their concern about the big 900 lb. gorilla in the Pacific Northest (or
companies that might act like it).
However, when you stick lawyers in the mix, they want to make sure
things are sufficiently broad and vague as to make sure they have all
rights to take away my rights, as well as making me liable for anything
that may go wrong.
Frankly, the Sun lawyer made it very clear that they're not really
interested in going much further (legal-wise) to tighten up the broad
restrictions, and I'm unwilling to sign my life away with the current
license, so I don't hold up much hope of seeing anything.
And, before anyone jumps up and mentions that other OS groups (ie;
Blackdown) are allowed to do the same things we're asking for, the
lawyers start waving their hands around and claiming that things are
different here, and that others shouldn't be allowed to do that kind of
thing, yada, yada, yada.
In short, things are still happening, but I quit holding my breath about
4 months ago.
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