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rakesh kadulkar
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My question is

"Is java open souce ?" and if it is open source then is it open source from day one i.e. in the year 1995.

Or only the latest version of java are open source.

Thanks .


Rakesh Kadulkar
Greg Charles
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The Java parts of the standard API are and always have been open source. By that I mean you can freely download and view the source code. I don't believe the compiler and runtime environment are open soruce though.
Rob Spoor
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Greg Charles wrote:The Java parts of the standard API are and always have been open source. By that I mean you can freely download and view the source code.

That does not mean it is open source. I cannot make small changes to the core API and redistribute that; changing the core API is strictly prohibited.

I don't believe the compiler and runtime environment are open soruce though.

They aren't, but OpenJDK is.
 
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