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[liberationtech] Not another Haystack right?

Michael Rogers m-- at
Tue Nov 29 08:43:51 PST 2011

On 29/11/11 16:27, Collin Anderson wrote:
> The problem on top of that is that you may be more restricted by
> Oracle's very conservative interpretation of the law than the
> actual Binary Code License Agreement.

I'm not a lawyer, so all I can say is that it's not uncommon for people
to bundle Java with applications.

If absolutely necessary we can build our own binaries from the GPL
OpenJDK source. Then if any lawyers come after us we can set Richard
Stallman on them. ;-)

> Here is a more material point to consider: I have never seen an
> authoritarian country with a strong Android penetration. From my
> experience, essentially everyone has a Nokia Symbian device, unless they
> can afford an iPhone (talk about it being status symbol in the US, try
> Uzbekistan!). A few places have high Blackberry use due to BBM, but
> that's all that exists for a third OS. 
> Things will change in the next two or three years, but you're designing
> for a market that doesn't really exist.

Thanks, it's useful to know which platforms are popular. Unfortunately
it will probably be another year before we have anything ready to
release, even if we only target a single platform (Java). If we were to
target Symbian or BlackBerry as well it would take even longer.

In the long term, though, I'd like to see ports to as many platforms as


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