I am wondering which license the current JDK 7 (NOT the OpenJDK) is using as I know it was once under GNU GPL but with the change of the Distributor License for Java I would like to know whether they changed the allover license, too.
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I'm not a lawyer but the following extract looks like they (not only JRE but also JDK) could be fairly freely redistributed as parts of your own programs:
You can see the JVM both as a software and as a standard. As a software we would like to be able to modify it anytime we want and distribute modified versions, like the recent Gnome to Maté fork.
As a standard, it is a good thing to avoid situations like Javasctipt, where you have often to check what browser you are running on. In my opinion this is the reason why the Oracle JSK 7 is not GPL. This fact avoided to the Java programmers the danger of having to be compatible with Microsoft Visual J++.