Update July 2007 :
The Online Collaboration Dynamic Coalition
FREE or OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
JAVA RELATED LINKS
- Free But Shackled - The Java Trap
The specs of the Java programming language are
freely available, however the use of
Java presents a specific problem in the sense
that the Java runtime environment (JRE) binary is freely downloadable, but Java source code
is only available under the
Sun Community Source Licensing whereby # Modified source code cannot be distributed without the express written permission of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
# Binary programs built using modified Java 2 SDK source code may not be distributed, internally or externally, without meeting the compatibility and other requirements described in the License Agreement.
# Building, porting, and testing the Java 2 SDK source code requires a high level of technical expertise.
# The Java 2 SDK source code is not the compiled Java 2 SDK.
Therefore the use of GPL or OpenSource software written in Java creates problems because of
the JRE or JDK is not GPL.
There are Free Software projects related to Java.
RELATED SOFTWARE LINKS
AD HOC SOLUTIONS
Proposed by Torsten Scheck :
Instant messaging (IM, e.g. Jabber), e-mail,
and a web based collaboration tool (e.g. a wiki) as common denominator.
All additional means (like audio conferencing or audio streaming)
must be used in such a way, that transcription to IM is feasible,
and that IM attendees are not discriminated when the "microphone" is passed.
Here are some examples of similarly executed conferences: