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All Free Now · On November 12, 2006, I wrote <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2006/11/12/OSS-Java'>Java Is Free</a>, about the GPL’ing of the Sun Java source code. It was a good day. The job wasn’t 100% finished then, because there was encumbered code we couldn’t GPL. As of today, it’s <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/webmink/entry/free_compatible_java_at_last'>pretty well done</a>. With contributions from a bunch of people and organizations, especially Red Hat’s Fedora community and the <a href='http://iced-tea.org/wiki/Main_Page'>Iced Tea</a> project, the missing pieces are filled in and the TCK has been passed. Most people don’t realize what a huge hurdle the TCK is; we are talking about a whole lot of tedious, unexciting, exacting, work, and we all owe a tip of the hat to the people who ground their way through it.
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