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All Free Now · On Novem­ber 12, 2006, I wrote Ja­va Is Free, 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 pret­ty well done. With con­tri­bu­tions from a bunch of peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tion­s, es­pe­cial­ly Red Hat’s Fe­do­ra com­mu­ni­ty and the Iced Tea 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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